Cooking with tofu, seitan, and tempeh.

Soy and Your Bones

Soy foods like tofu have been linked to bone health. An epidemiological study in China, found that incidence of bone fractures may improve in postmenopausal women who consumed a modest amount of soy protein each day. More clinical research is needed to demonstrate a link between soy and bone health.

Build Your Bones

A few smart strategies can help support a lifetime of bone health:

  • Start early with a diet, including the daily recommended intake of calcium and Vitamin D is important to build and maintain bone health.
  • Choose foods containing calcium and vitamin D.
  • Get moderate sun exposure each day, which helps the body synthesize vitamin D. (Caution: Use sunscreen for prolonged sun exposure and/or with minimal protection from clothing)
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise a few times per week.

For more information about bone health visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation.