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Tofu May Protect Women’s Bones

separator 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.
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