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    Soy

     

    This fact sheet provides basic information about soy—uses, potential side
    effects, and resources for more information. Soy, a plant in the pea family, has
    been common in Asian diets for thousands of years. It is found in modern
    American diets as a food or food additive. Soybeans, the high-protein seeds of
    the soy plant, contain isoflavones-compounds similar to the female hormone
    estrogen. The following information highlights what is known about soy when used
    by adults for health purposes.

    Common Names—soy

    Latin Names—Glycine max

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    What It Is Used For

    People use soy products to prevent or treat a variety of health conditions,
    including high cholesterol levels, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes,
    osteoporosis, memory problems, high blood pressure, breast cancer, and prostate
    cancer.

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    How It Is Used

    Soy is available in dietary supplements, in forms such as tablets and
    capsules. Soy supplements may contain isoflavones or soy protein or both.
    Soybeans can be cooked and eaten or used to make tofu, soy milk, and other
    foods. Also, soy is sometimes used as an additive in various processed foods,
    including baked goods, cheese, and pasta.
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    What the Science Says

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