I love soy nuts. They are a delicious little baked snack made from whole soybeans. They are similar in taste and texture to peanuts, but slightly crunchier. Chock full of isoflavones, they are as good for your health as they are for your crunch cravings.
I was happy to discover that new research reveals that eating a half a cup daily may be effective in lowering high blood pressure and reducing "bad" cholesterol. Dr. Francine K. Welty of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and her colleagues evaluated a study group of 60 postmenopausal women who ate the nuts for eight weeks and discovered a health trifecta: the subjects showed an overall 11-percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, a drop in systolic blood pressure of 9.9 percent, and a drop in diastolic blood pressure of 6.8 percent.
Welty recommends including soy nuts and soy milk in your diet if you'd like to reap those kinds of benefits. She bases that conclusion on both her research and on two similar studies that also found that soy reduces blood pressure. Eating a handful of nuts throughout the day, just a few at a time, helps keep a steady level of the beneficial components in the body.