Is soy milk good or bad for diabetes?
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Hi, I'm Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I'm going to answer the question, is soy milk good for diabetes? But before you start with that, be sure to download my free book for diabetes control that also includes a food guide for diabetes (food to eat and avoid) by clicking on the link:
Soy milk The first thing I wanted to know was how to do it. It is not a complicated process, but basically it is done by pressing soybeans that are cooked and then ground. The result is a milky liquid rich in proteins and rich in iron.
Soy milk and cow milk differ in many ways. Obviously the taste is one. But nutritionally it is higher in protein and iron and does not contain cholesterol. It is low in fat and low in sodium. It is also, however, low in calcium.
There are many different opinions about soybeans and the products that are made from it. However, it would be difficult to search the refrigerators or cupboards of many Americans and not find something that contains a soy product.
When researching this topic, I wanted to see how soy milk could be a benefit for people with diabetes. Not only say that it is good for its nutritional value.
I went to a soy protein study conducted by a Ph.D. student Sandra R. Teixeira of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focused on the use of soy proteins to show how he can improve kidney function and heart disease. These two complications are especially important. Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure, mainly due to protein leakage in the kidneys.
The study included 14 men, 53 to 73 years old, with type 2 diabetes, all of whom had a diagnosis of kidney disease related to diabetes. The men received previously measured amounts of soy protein or animal meat protein.
Those who added soy protein in their diet had a significant reduction in the protein found in their urine. Those with animal protein actually had an increase in protein in their urine.
The researchers say they expected soy supplements to stabilize protein levels in the urine, but did not expect the reduction. As for heart disease, those with soy protein added to their diet saw an increase in their HDL (good) cholesterol.
So, is soy milk good for diabetes? Considering the positive effect of soy protein in our bodies and that soy milk is full of soy protein, I say yes as a substitute for other types of animal milk.
I want to dispel some rumors that I found while investigating.
Soy contains plant estrogens. It will not affect your estrogen hormone levels at all. Plant estrogens and human estrogens are totally different. I found several scientific studies that indicate that the estrogen of the plant had no effect on men or women in terms of hormone levels.
Also, I did not find any scientific research that supports claims that lectins and goitrogens are harmful to the human body.
I hope this answer your question is good or bad for diabetes. Do not forget to obtain your diabetes control book by clicking on the link:
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