After last week’s The Advocate article, “Grocery Tour Teaches 12 Ways to Shop and Eat Healthier,” Soy Connection reached out to join the soy and inflammation debate. rice field.
During the tour, participants were advised to avoid inflammatory oils such as soybean and canola, which are commonly found in commercial salad dressings.
“All disease is rooted in a condition of inflammation,” tour guide Christine West, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Baton Rouge General, told the group.
But Soybean Connection, a health professional program funded by the United Soybean Board, has provided more information and research on the benefits of including soy and its products in your daily diet.
- The American Heart Association actually denied concerns about the pro-inflammatory properties of linoleic acid (found in soybean oil), concluding that linoleic acid is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. The omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in soybean oil may help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol when replacing saturated fat.
- Soybean oil also contains many phytosterols, which may help reduce LDL cholesterol (high LDL levels are linked to heart disease risk).
- Soybean oil, the main source of vitamin E in the U.S. diet, is a rich source of gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that may be particularly anti-inflammatory.
Meanwhile, the Arthritis Foundation reports that the body “needs a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, but excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids can lead to the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals.” doing.
Yes, everything seems to be in moderation.