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Researchers Find Some Indications That Tofu May Help Control Blood Sugar

March 18, 2011: 07:59 AM EST
Despite some evidence from earlier observational studies, an analysis by Chinese scientists of 24 clinical trials involving 1,518 people has found that generally soy intake did not improve the level of blood sugar (glycemic control) in diabetics. Nine clinical studies, however, evaluated the impact of whole soy foods, such as tofu, compared to soy supplements, and found “a favorable change in fasting glucose concentrations,” according to the researchers. The researchers nevertheless said it would be premature to conclude that eating tofu helps diabetics control their blood sugar levels, and more research is needed.
Zhao-min Liu, et al., "Effects of soy intake on glycemic control: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 18, 2011, © American Society for Nutrition
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