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Soy in Health and Disease Prevention

1st Edition

Edited by Michihiro Sugano

CRC Press

328 pages | 30 Color Illus. | 85 B/W Illus.

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While the western world has only recently become enamored with the soybean, East Asia has been consuming and enjoying the associated health benefits of this versatile proteinaceous legume for centuries. The Japanese in particular have devoted much energy to unraveling the mysteries and revealing the science of this oil-rich bean. The Fuji Foundation for Protein Research was established to support soybean studies, which have resulted in a considerable amount of profound literature on the soy-wellness connection. Unfortunately for westerners, very little of this information has been presented in English. 

Soy in Health and Disease Prevention, edited by the highly distinguished Michihiro Sugano, brings the west up to speed on the latest findings concerning this common, yet most powerful health aid.

Perhaps, the most authoritative book on the subject available in any language, Soy in Health and Disease Prevention presents the very latest health and nutrition research and findings available on soy products. Functional food experts from Japan, as well as other parts of the world,explore the action and diverse health effects of the common soybean. Included is the latest information with regard to soy’s impact on

· Cancer prevention

· Immune system function

· Osteoporosis

· Atherosclerosis

· Aging and longevity

This book is essential reading for all researchers and students involved with the study and production of functional foods. Dr. Sugano who is the current director of the Fuji Foundation has published over 400 journal articles, as well as 80 book chapters. His primary area of research is in food functional factors, predominantly regulation of lipid metabolism.


“… This book is unique in that it is edited by one of the most outstanding Japanese researchers in the field and 15 of the 17 chapters are written by a total of 24 experienced researchers for Japan. It encompasses all aspects of the evidence for the health effects of soybean. … This book is a welcome addition to other articles and books on soybeans that are based primarily on research in the Western world.”

— In Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 2

Table of Contents

Contents Nutritional Implications of Soy, Michihiro Sugano

Soy in Health and Disease Prevention, Cesare R. Sirtori and Stuart K. Johnson

Soy and Breast Cancer Prevention, Seiichiro Yamamoto and Shoichiro Tsugane

Adipocytokines, Tohru Funahashi and Yuji Matsuzawa

Systematic Review of Intervention Studies Using Isoflavone

Supplements and Proposal for Future Studies, Shaw Watanabe, Xing-Gang Zhuo, Melissa K. Melby, and Ishiwatan

Soy for “Health for All”: Message from WHO CARDIAC Study and Dietary Intervention Studies, Yukio Yamori

Soy Allergy, Tadashi Ogawa

Longevity and Age-Related Disease, Yoshiaki Fujita and Yuko Araki

Soy Saponin, Chigen Tsukamoto and Yumiko Yoshiki

Role of Soy Lecithin in Lipid Metabolism, Katsumi Imaizumi

Soy Sterols, Ikuo Ikeda

The Status of Human Trials Utilizing Bowman-Birk Inhibitor Concentrate from Soybeans, Ann R. Kennedy

Bioactive Peptides Derived from Soy Protein, Masaaki Yoshikawa

Soy Peptides as Functional Food Material, Kiyoharu Takamatsu

Fermented Soybean Components and Disease Prevention, H. Sumi and C. Yatagai

Soybean Components and Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU), Takashi Yamamoto

Soy in Health and Disease: Perspectives, David Kritchevsky


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Nutrition and Disease Prevention

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MEDICAL / Nutrition