Monday, April 6, 2009

So that is my problem!

Did you hear about this? Tofu may raise risk of dementia. And, here I thought it was a good thing to have it every day in my smoothie!

Eating high levels of some soy products - including tofu - may raise the risk of memory loss, research suggests.

The study focused on 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java.

The researchers found high tofu consumption - at least once a day - was associated with worse memory, particularly among the over-68s.

The Loughborough University-led study features in the journal Dementias and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.

Soy products are a major alternative protein source to meat for many people in the developing world.

But soy consumption is also on the increase in the west, where it is often promoted as a "superfood".

Soy products are rich in micronutrients called phytoestrogens, which mimic the impact of the female sex hormone oestrogen.

There is some evidence that they may protect the brains of younger and middle-aged people from damage - but their effect on the ageing brain is less clear.

2 comments:

Holly Nappi Collins said...

Interesting! I love hearing new studies. And I've never liked tofu!

Heidi on Vashon said...

It is SO HARD to avoid soy in the American diet! Soy is a big part of vegetable oil, mass market chocolate (soy lecithin), in a lot of creamy products and processed foods. There are so many ill side effects from soy (especially those with chemical sensitivities- myself included) and my efforts to avoid soy have proven nearly futile. It's maddening.

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