Soy for Heathy Living

There's more to soyfoods than tofu and edamame. In fact, you probably have a few soyfoods in your cupboard right now. Soy ingredients are used in everything from protein shakes to baking flour. The soybean checkoff funds research to improve the nutrition-profile of soy protein and oil, and to educate consumers and the food industry about the benefits of soy. The checkoff works with the food manufacturing industry, dieticians and physicians to spread the latest soy and health research.

High-Quality Protein

Used to supplement and enhance many food products, soy provides a high-quality source of protein with very little saturated fat.

Soy offers many health benefits, and experts recommend two to three servings of soyfoods daily. Soyfoods are rich in vitamins and minerals and good for the heart and bones. In 2005, the American Heart Association recognized soyfoods for their role in an overall heart-healthy diet. And research suggests that daily servings of soyfoods may help reduce the risks of developing breast cancer and prostate cancer.


Creating Healtier Oils

The food industry utilizes 87 percent of all soybean oil in consumer food products like baked goods, cooking oils, salad dressings, snack foods and more. Sold as vegetable oil, soybean oil is the number one source for cooking oil. To meet the needs of the food industry, the checkoff supports research to expand the production and use of low-linolenic soybean oil, a soy-based solution to trans fat. In fact, the soybean checkoff's efforts to develop and promote healthier oils helped to preserve the $700 million soybean cooking oil market.

In addition to low-linolenic oil, the soybean checkoff invests in research to better meet the needs of the food industry, including the development of soy oils with:

• Increased oleic acid for use in frying and baking applications
• Low-saturate fat to improve health profile
• Increased Omega-3 to provide a renewable source of essential nutrients
• High-Stearic to provide a cholesterol-neutral source of solid fat


Learn More

The soybean checkoff also funds programs that examine and publicize the healthfulness of soyfoods. Here are some of the findings:

• Adding 25 grams of soy protein to a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
• Soybeans are one of the best nonfish sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids available.

Visit the following links to find out how you can incorporate soyfoods into your diet and value-added soybeans into your farming practices.