Cooking with tofu, seitan, and tempeh.

Soy and Cancer

Recent epidemiologic research suggests that lower rates of breast and prostate cancer in countries such as China and Japan could be in part due to increased consumption of soy foods.

Since the development of cancer is multi-faceted, more research is needed to support the role of soy-containing foods in reducing risk of cancer.

A Healthy Lifestyle

The 2005 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest the following dietary strategies for living a healthy life:

  • Choose products that are low in total fat and limit intake of saturated fat, commonly found in animal sources.
  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Choose fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation.
  • Get plenty of physical activity by exercising at least 30 minutes every day, if possible.

Additionally, professional health organizations recommend the following lifestyle choices:

  • Do not smoke and avoid exposure to second hand smoke.
  • Regularly apply sunscreen to exposed skin when outdoors for prolonged period of time.

For more information about reducing cancer risk, visit the American Cancer Society.