A soy-yoghurt-honey product as a therapeutic functional food: mode of action and narrative review

Berg, Aloys and McCarthy, H. David (2022) A soy-yoghurt-honey product as a therapeutic functional food: mode of action and narrative review. Heliyon, 8 (11). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2405-8440


Meal replacements and food supplements are now popular commercial weight loss and nutrition products. This review describes the efficacy, effectiveness, and therapeutic use of one such product - a soy-yoghurt-honey food formulation. The original formula of this product was created more than thirty years ago and since that time it has become well established as a food supplement supporting a healthy lifestyle. Therapeutic evidence for this product is based on numerous scientific studies and clinical trials, focusing particularly on weight management and associated metabolic risk factors and published as peer-reviewed articles. Given the availability of the product and the extent to which it has been experimentally evaluated, it is timely and important that the research is brought together under a single review to consolidate the understanding for the scientific and clinical communities. This review discusses the ingredients and the broad mechanisms of action, which are probably due to the biological properties of the three base components - soy, milk, and honey. It further summarizes and discusses the laboratory and clinical intervention studies, including the biochemical and metabolic mechanisms regarding the insulin- and lipid-lowering, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial properties of the overall food and its base products.

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