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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bad News for Soy Boys 

So you thought eating all that tofu and taking those soy isoflavone supplements was going to make you healthier? Think again. A new study found that for male mice genetically predisposed to heart disease, a soy diet was detrimental. The soy mice had enlarged hearts, leading to heart failure. The effect is likely traced to soy's plant estrogens, but it's not clear how or why this effect appears.

Interestingly, the mice's symptoms were improved by switching them to a milk-based diet. So watch out, vegans!

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