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Isoflavones -- More Than Soy.

Isoflavones are substances found in soybeans. Two isoflavones, genistein and diadzein have been found to be protective against cancer and heart disease. The burgeoning popularity of soy foods has led some people to emphasize soy over other legumes. When we eat too much of any food, we can create a problem. It's easy to get into a soybean rut, eating this one legume at the exclusion of most others. Perhaps it's time to expand your dietary repertoire.

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine surveyed more than 80 legumes looking for genistein and diadzein and found good quantities of each in many other beans. Pinto beans, mung beans, kidney beans, all types of lentils, and split peas were among those that contained isoflavones. Sprouts had the highest amounts of isoflavones, and the researchers found that the little rootlets on sprouts, when eaten with the shoots, contained a bounty of isoflavones.

Kkaufman, Peter B., et al. "A comparative survey of leguminous plants as sources of the isoflavones genistein and diadzein: implications for human nutrition and health," Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 3, no. 1, 1997.
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Author:Fuchs, Nan Kathryn
Publication:Women's Health Letter
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Date:Apr 1, 2001
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