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    Add Soy to Your Diet
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    Joe Piscatella posted:
    Americans tend to think of soy foods as, well, not too good - either a gelatinous goo or dry and tasteless. We need to think again. Today the choices and varieties of soy foods are plentiful. It's not actually that hard, since you can find soy in soybeans, soy milk, tofu, sports bars, tempeh, soy nuts, veggie burgers, breakfast cereals, soy flour and textured vegetable protein (TVP.)

    I've found that one of the easiest ways to add soy protein to your diet is to eat Japanese soybeans - edamame - as a snack food. These blanched soybeans come in little pods about the size of baby lima beans and have a sweet, nutty taste. You can use them in salads or stir-fries, but I eat them the Japanese way - just squeeze the pods with your fingers and pop the beans into your mouth. A half-cup serving has about 16 grams of protein.

    Remember, soy is not a "magic bullet" for heart health. It should be eaten as part of a balanced diet, not in lieu of it. And bear in mind that soy foods are most effective for heart health when they are substituted for meat and other products containing animal protein.
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