The Medifast Weight Control Centers program features a diet high in soy protein. Recently, there have been some concerns raised about the effects of soy protein on an individual’s health. However, through extensive research, Medifast has demonstrated that the health benefits of soy protein are substantially positive.
Medifast uses soy protein in its meal replacements as it is an excellent way to promote rapid weight loss while maintaining lean muscle mass. Soy protein is a healthy alternative to animal proteins that are often high in dietary fat and saturated fat. During weight loss studies, soy protein yielded higher weight loss results than those using milk based protein supplements.
Medifast uses high quality soy protein that contains naturally occurring isoflavones. Isoflavones are beneficial plant estrogens that can imitate the body’s own estrogen. During processing, a special technique is used to maintain these favorable properties. Soy is also a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids needed for growth and development.
Soy and Cardiovascular Disease
The isoflavones found in soy products can protect the heart by lowering both bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels and raising good cholesterol (HDL). Medifast has 33 products that meet the guidelines for a soy health claim. This means they have at least 6.25 grams of protein, less than 3 g fat, less than 1 g of saturated fat, less than 20 mg of cholesterol and less than 480 mg of sodium. There is a proven positive correlation between consumption of these products and heart health.
Soy and Cancer
Several common cancers show a positive correlation between soy and health. For example, prostate and GI cancers demonstrate a protective benefit when consuming soy. In a study comparing American men to Asian men, American men are 18 times more likely to die from prostate cancer. Soy is a dietary staple in the Asian diet. Asian men who emigrate to the US experience increased likelihood of prostate related concerns. A component of the soy protein may inhibit a male hormone which typically stimulates prostatic cancer growth. Additionally, soy products are linked to lower risk for GI cancers, such as stomach and colon. Soy also reduces the risk of H. Pylori—a risk factor for stomach cancer.
Soy and Menopause
A common side effect of menopause is hot flashes and night sweats. In recent studies, isoflavones found in the Medifast products reduced the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Women who consumed soy experienced a decrease in these symptoms when compared to those not consuming soy. Soy also showed small positive benefits on blood lipids; bone mass, cognition and mood during menopause.
Adding soy protein to your diet can provide a myriad of benefits to your health. Most importantly, by utilizing Medifast meals to not only consume soy protein, but to lose weight, you will exponentially improve your health. For every 5-10% of body weight lost, there is a decreased risk for diseases such as heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and more.