Tofu May Protect Women’s Bones
A new study has shown that
women in the early years after menopause may benefit from eating soy protein,
such as tofu and soy milk.
In the study, researchers
tracked 24,000 women aged 40 to 70 for 4 years. There were 1,770 fractures
reported during that time. After adjusting for age, other osteoporosis risk
factors and socioeconomic status, they found that women who ate more soy were
less likely to break a bone.
The women in the study who
were in the top 20 percent of soy consumption had the equivalent of about 2 cups
of soy milk per day. The American Heart Association and the Food and Drug
Administration recently recommended that eating 25 grams of soy protein per day
may help prevent heart disease. One cup of soy milk has about 6.6 grams of soy
protein, and a large piece of tofu has about 16 grams.
Shanghai Women’s Health Study.