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Soy-rich foods like tofu may help lower heart disease risk – AHA

In an earlier incarnation, I covered the soybean futures market on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) for Reuters. In learning about the beans I was amazed at all their uses. In fact, the CBOT also offers futures markets in soybean meal and soybean oil, products which originally were crushed from the beans. So, I was not surprised when I encountered tofu for the first time that it was yet another superb soybean product.

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Eating tofu and other plant-based proteins may have more health benefits than people realize, according to new research. Continue reading

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The 5 best foods to fight aging

Eat less; move more; live longer remains the mantra of this blog. But, of course, what we eat remains totally relevant. What are the best foods to help us achieve that goal? In this Medical News Today item, we give you an overview of some of the most healthful and nutritious foods.

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Official figures indicate that, currently, the top three countries in the world with the highest life expectancy are the Principality of Monaco, Japan, and Singapore. These are places where the inhabitants experience a high quality of life, and an important element of that is eating healthful meals.

Often, we find praise for “superfoods” in the media – foods so high in nutritional value that they are seen as dietary superheroes.

Nutritionists reject the term “superfoods” as a buzzword that can influence people to place too high an expectation on a limited range of foods when, in reality, a balanced diet and healthful lifestyle require more effort than eating your five-a-day.

Still, there are certain foods that are more nutritious than others, and many that, as research has shown, have a protective effect against a range of diseases. Here, we give you an overview of some of the best foods that you may want to consider including in your diet in your quest for a happy, healthy life.

Edamame (soybeans)

Edamame, or fresh soybeans, have been a staple of Asian cuisine for generations, but they have also been gaining popularity on the Western front of late. Soybeans are often sold in snack packs, but they are also added to a varied range of dishes, from soups to rice-based meals, though they are served as cooked and seasoned on their own, too.

The beans are rich in isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen – that is. plant-derived, estrogen-like substances. Isoflavones are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and antimicrobial properties.

Thus, they can help to regulate the inflammatory response of the body, slow down cellular aging, fight microbes, as well as, reportedly, protect against certain types of cancer. Continue reading

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