The isoflavones found in these foods actually mimic current anti-diabetes drugs, as they work through your digestive system.
The numbers keep soaring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million U.S adults are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. It totals almost 10% of the American population, and so you can’t be blamed for wondering, am I next?
If you eat a balanced diet and incorporate enough exercise into your daily schedule, you should be off the list. And it’s also a good idea to eat foods that help stabilize your blood sugar, some experts say, which includes soy.
Why is soy so effective? A new study says it’s all about the bioactive compounds called isoflavones.
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Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that soy-rich foods can help lower both your diabetes and heart disease risk at the same time.
Two compounds found specifically in soy called daidzein and equal are the magic-workers. In the study, they were actually found to have the same insulin-sensitizing effects on your body as the anti-diabetes drugs currently being sold on the market.
So, dig in. Need some soy-rich ideas? Tofu, edamame, tempeh, soy milk, miso and soy-based meat alternatives are all good examples. If you’re new to soy, check out these fantastic recipes on foodandwine.com. Or, toss some firm tofu in a pan with sesame oil, and add a bit of soy sauce. Eat it with rice and steamed broccoli, and dinner’s done.