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Seminar on Soy
Vitasoy Hong Kong
on "Soy -- The Cow of China"
The soya bean has been a key food in China, where it originated,
for thousands of years. It is frequently termed "the cow of
China" because it plays the role that milk does in many Western
societies. Evidence of its health-giving properties are enabling
it to become more important in Western diets, too, while it
also attracts interest of dieticians and nutritionists around
Seminars on the
health benefits of soy were held recently in Hong Kong and
Guangzhou, the PRC.
One of the foremost researchers into
the health effects of soya is Dr Mark Messina, a highly respected
nutrition expert in the US. He was in Hong Kong and Guangzhou
to deliver information regarding the most recent findings
into the benefits of soya. Dr Messina is the author of The
Simple Soybean and Your Health (1994). He has a master's
degree in nutrition from the University of Michigan and a
doctorate in nutrition from Michigan State University. He
formerly worked with the National Cancer Institute, where
he was responsible for allocating funding for research into
the effects of soya on cancer prevention. He also organized
and chaired five international symposia on the role of soya
in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. He is
the editor of a soya newsletter for dietitians, has co-authored
several books on soya and plant-based diets, and has written
more than 50 professional articles on soya and soyabean components.
Dr Keyou Ge, the Beijing-based President
of the Chinese Nutrition Society and Deputy Chief of the National
Consultative Committee on Food and Nutrition in Mainland China,
explained at the same seminars the promotion of soy in the
PRC as an important part of a healthy diet. Dr Ge has qualifications
from the PRC and US, and is widely published in respected
journals in both Asia and the West. His specialist interests
include diet and nutrition among the Chinese population, particularly
In the recent soy seminar in Hong
Kong, Professor Suzanne C. Ho, of the Chinese University of
Hong Kong, revealed the new research into the effects of soy
consumption on bone health among teenage girls in Hong Kong.
Her major research interests are in nutrition and chronic
diseases, and women's health and aging, particularly osteoporosis.
She is one of the key investigators of the Centre for Research
in Nutritional Studies and has published 13 books/chapters
and more than 100 scientific papers in international refereed
journals. Dr Ho has been awarded a number of research grants
in the conduct of phytoestrogens intake and women's health.
Both seminars on soy were well-received by the nutritional
and medical fields.