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October 1996 Issue

Look to Soyfoods as Unique Source of Healthful Isoflavones

Q. I've read in EN that phytoestrogens found in soyfoods are beneficial. But do all soyfoods contain the same amount of phytoestrogens? And are soy pills also beneficial? A. Soyfoods do differ slightly in their phytoestrogen content (see box), as do soy supplements. Yet almost any soy product will provide you with this beneficial substance. Phytoestrogens -- estrogen-like plant substances -- are credited with a multitude of health benefits. Phytoestrogens unique to

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