In my book 38 Super Healthy Foods: A Unique Manual to Health, Wellness and Healing, I discuss how Soy Foods reduce harmful LDL cholesterol levels while promoting beneficial HDL levels.
What is the difference? If you’d like a very detailed explanation, I encourage you to read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s document, LDL and HDL: “Bad” and “Good” Cholesterol.”
A brief definition is that LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries and result in heart disease and stroke. HDL cholesterol absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver, which flushes it from the body. HDL is known as “good” cholesterol because having high levels can reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Soy Foods can:
1. Reduce the incidence of many diseases of the lower tract, including colon cancer
2. Reduce LDL cholesterol
3. Increase HDL cholesterol
4. Reduce the risk for coronary heart disease
5. Help to maintain and even rebuild bone density and strength
6. Be an effective treatment for osteoporosis
7. Fight against cancer
Learn more by following this Living Healthy Blog, and from my book 38 Super Healthy Foods: A Unique Manual to Health, Wellness and Healing.