Evidence-Based Nutrient Recommendations

Soy and Breast Cancer Update

We recently updated our soy research page with a 2019 dose-response meta-analysis of 23 prospective studies. It included a total of 330,826 participants and found that both soy protein and soy isoflavones had a positive impact on breast cancer mortality (1). A 10 mg/day increase in soy isoflavone intake was associated with a 9% decreased risk of breast cancer mortality, and a 5 g/day increase in soy protein intake was associated with a 12% reduction in breast cancer death (1).


1. Nachvak SM, Moradi S, Anjom-Shoae J, Rahmani J, Nasiri M, Maleki V, Sadeghi O. Soy, Soy Isoflavones, and Protein Intake in Relation to Mortality from All Causes, Cancers, and Cardiovascular Diseases: A Systematic Review and Dose-Response Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019 Sep;119(9):1483-1500.e17.

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