if you're eating deep-fried foods for every meal, your ticker could be at risk, while if you eat a varied and nutritious diet with plenty of whole, unprocessed foods, you're probably better off.
Yet,scientists are still figuring out some of the finer points of how the foods we eat impact our cardiovascular health.Now,new study finds that eating soy could help lower your risk of heart disease
In the study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, researchers in the Netherlands examined a group of 23 healthy older adults, ages 60-70 over a period of about four months.
After supplementing some of these participants' diets with soy nuts, the researchers found that they tended to have lower levels of certain cardiometabolic risk markers including less LDL cholesterol
"This particular study was funded by Alpro Foundation, an organization supporting research studies on plant-based diet," Jennifer Maeng, MS, RD, CDN, LD, CNSC, registered dietitian
This clinical trial also had a very small sample size… Lastly, depending on the type of soy, it can have different effects on health due to its composition
She added that the improvements to participants' blood vessels could have other causes, like those people could be getting more fiber or vitamins and minerals. On the other hand,
she cautioned that everyone's body is different, and someone who, say, has altered hormone levels could actually be harmed by eating too much soy."When it comes to cardiovascular health,
it is important to consider diet, genetics, and lifestyle factors rather than focusing on a single food," she says. "If you are trying to pay more attention to your cardiovascular health,
eating less processed foods and focusing on a more wholesome diet, … and staying more active could be a good place to start.You can try getting your 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity
and two days of muscle-strengthening exercise each week recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.