If you aren’t already eating soyfoods, breast cancer research provides good reasons to start doing so in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A recent statistical analysis of population studies including more than 20,000 women found, not surprisingly, that diet has a major impact on the risk of getting breast cancer. And most importantly, this analysis found that eating soyfoods—about two servings per day—lowered the risk of getting breast cancer by about one-third. This is good news because approximately one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer.
For young girls, the impact of soyfoods is even greater. Research strongly indicates consuming just one serving of soy per day during childhood and/or adolescence reduces their risk of breast cancer later in life by up to 50 percent.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recipes from The Soyfoods Council www.thesoyfoodscouncil.
com can help you embrace the flavors of fall while enjoying the health benefits of soy and boosting your fruit and vegetable consumption. One serving of soyfoods provides approximately 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein, and unlike many commonly consumed protein-rich foods, provides a healthful mix of heart-healthy fatty acids.
To enhance fall fruits such as apples and pears, try Pumpkin Tofu Fruit Dip. It is an easy and convenient dip made with silken tofu, pumpkin puree, fat-free yogurt, honey and pumpkin pie spices to complement seasonal fresh fruit slices. Fall Tofu Muffins incorporate whole wheat flour, soft silken tofu, honey, finely shredded carrots and chopped walnuts. They’re ideal for grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks. Protein Carrot Ginger Soup, made with firm silken tofu and vegetable stock, is flavored with onions, garlic and lemon juice. Serve it with salad for a light lunch, or as an appetizer paired with a loaf of rustic bread.
For details about soyfoods and your health, and for a month’s worth of recipes to enjoy during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.