New York: Despite past evidence suggesting that eating soy might only lower cholesterol in those whose bodies are able to convert it to an estrogen-like compound called equol, a new study hints that soy might benefit a wider range of people.Canadian researchers found that a diet high in soy isoflavones lowered so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, about equally in people who were considered "equol producers" and in those who weren`t. The equol producers, however, maintained their previous levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, while the non-producers` HDL dropped as well.Cyril Kendall, a nutrition researcher at the University of Toronto in Canada, and his colleagues used three previous studies to test whether the ability to produce equol from soy products was linked to changes in cholesterol.In total, the researchers analyzed data on 85 people who participated in one of the three studies. In each of the studies the participants ate between 30 grams and 52 grams of soy foods -- such as tofu burgers or hot dogs -- every day over four weeks.Before they started eating the soy, both equol and non-equol producers had LDL cholesterol in the range that would be considered high according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Their HDL cholesterol was also considered low.For LDL cholesterol, the AHA says a score between 160 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and 189 mg/dL is high, while HDL cholesterol below 60 mg/dL is considered low and not protective against heart disease.After the study, the 33 equol producers` HDL stayed about the same, while the non-equol producers` dropped from about 48 mg/dL to about 46 mg/dL.As for their LDL cholesterol, the equol producers` fell from about 169 mg/dL to about 152 mg/dL. The non-equol producers` fell from about 174 mg/dL to about 153 mg/dL.
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