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Soy may be beneficial to breast cancer survivors

Soy has been a very controversial topic since it became popular among those interested in health food.

Because soy contains isoflavones, which have a very similar effect to estrogen on the body, experts worried that the product, like hormone replacement therapy, might increase the instances of breast cancer.

However, a new study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University suggests that not only is soy safe for breast cancer survivors, but it may even be beneficial.

The study followed 5,042 breast cancer survivors in China, and divided them into groups based on the amount of soy that they consumed on a regular basis.

They found that after four years, approximately 10.3 percent of those who had consumed the least amount of soy had died, compared to the 7.4 percent of those who ate the most amount of soy.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Women who choose to incorporate soy into their diet can do so by making a few small changes such as pouring soy milk over their morning cereal, adding baked or grilled tofu to their favorite dishes or switch out their movie popcorn for edamame.
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