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U.S. FDA Releases Alert on Lupin

A new ingredient in gluten-free products may cause the same allergic reaction as peanut or soy.

Lupin is a legume from the same family as peanuts. Its high protein, high fiber, low fat composition makes it an ideal ingredient for many new gluten-free products. People with a peanut or soy allergy may react similarly to lupin, but may be unaware of its risk. Potential reactions include hives, lip swelling, vomiting, breathing difficulties or even anaphylactic shock.

PositiveTip: Read labels and avoid any products that contain lupin if you have a peanut or soy allergy.

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Soy Milk Can Lower Risk of Osteoporosis

Soy milk shown equal to dairy in preventing osteoporosis.

Soy milk, fortified and consumed at least once per day, was as effective as dairy consumption in protecting against osteoporosis. This finding comes from a cohort of 337 postmenopausal women enrolled in Adventist Health Study 2. Those drinking soy milk had 58% lower odds of osteoporosis, and women drinking dairy milk at least once per day had 62% lower odds compared to women drinking dairy less than 2 times per week.

PositiveTip: When selecting soy beverages, make sure they are fortified with calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.

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Soy Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors

Fears that soy may raise risk of hormone-related cancers now allayed.

Breast cancer patients (and other, too) do not need to worry about eating moderate amounts of soy foods such as tofu, soy milk, and edamame. The American Institute of Cancer Research/World Cancer Fund (AICR/WCF) review of all research has allayed early fears. Moderate amounts of soy, 1-3 servings per day, are not associated with increased risk.

PositiveTip: Enjoy soy foods in moderation--they are good for you.

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Soy May Lower Blood Pressure

A relatively small intake of soy protein may help reduce systolic blood pressure.

Individuals who consumed the most soy protein per day had lower systolic blood pressures than those who ate the least amounts, according to a new study. The top group consumed more than 2.5 mg per day of soy isoflavones. One cup of soy milk contains 22 mg of isoflavones, suggesting that soy consumption does not have to be very high to result in lower pressures. These isoflavones may increase production of nitric oxide which widens blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

PositiveTip: Struggling with high blood pressure? Try including some soy in your diet.

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Are Soy Isoflavones Really Safe?

Are soy products safe or dangerous to health?

Today many question the safety of using soy products because they contain significant amounts of phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). The American Dietetic Association Vegetarian Nutrition practice group has prepared an excellent resource addressing these concerns. You will probably be amazed at the benefits of soy foods.

PositiveTip: Current knowledge strongly suggests the inclusion of soy foods is both safe and beneficial for good health.