Soy proteins, like tofu, can help
keep blood fats in balance.
Soy protein can help lower your risk of coronary artery disease. But to reap its cholesterol-cutting benefits, you need to stick to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet while eating two to four daily servings of 8 ounces of soy milk, 4 ounces of tofu, 1 ounce of soy flour, or a half cup of textured soy protein. Be aware, however, that soy is a plant estrogen that could potentially accelerate breast cancer in women at high risk for it if consumed in these amounts. One nutritional expert, Walter Willet, suggests eating only a few servings a week, though women suffering discomforts of menopause may wish to boost that for a while as long as they do not have breast cancer. Discuss this concern with your doctor.