Soy Health and Nutrition

Soy is a complete protein, and soyfoods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and, in some cases, fiber. In the past 15 years, soyfoods have attracted the attention of research scientists around the world for health properties beyond basic nutrition as well.

Soy Fish Tacos

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially recognized the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein in 1999 with a health claim stating that 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Most soyfoods are also low in saturated and trans fats, one reason why the American Heart Association has recognized soyfoods' role in an overall heart-healthy diet.

Recent research suggests that soy may also lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems, and alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause.

You can also use the following tool & calculators to better assess your health:


Heart Health & Soy

For heart health, plan your daily diet around a wide variety of nutritious soyfoods such as soymilk, edamame, tofu and tempeh. Add lean meats, whole grains, fresh veggies and exercise!

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Guide to Soyfoods

Our soyfoods guide has nutrition information, tips for incorporating soy into your diet and easy soy recipes you can enjoy at home.

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Soy, Estrogen and Menopause

Watch informative soy expert videos. Watch a dietitian explain the connection between soy, estrogen and menopause relief, and the research on soy's effectiveness in alleviating hot flashes.

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Soy mike & soy protein

Soymilk is a great source of
high-quality soy protein, frequently fortified with calcium and vitamin D for bone health, and an option for the lactose-intolerant.

Soy, Estrogen and Menopause

To enjoy the health benefits of soymilk add it to your daily diet using healthy soymilk recipes like the Mango Banana Soy Smoothie recipe.

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Soy and biotechnology
Educate your clients about the health benefits and safety of consuming food products with biotech derived ingredients, for less of the fats that should be limited or avoided for a healthy heart.


Soy health and nutrition advice specifically designed for your patients aged 44 and older.


Expert video - soy for women's health
A series of short, informative video clips on soy for women's health, eating healthy on a budget and weight management.


USDA released the new MyPlate food icon intended to remind Americans to make healthier food choices and to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.

MyPlate emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy groups. This system recognizes soyfoods as healthful choices in several categories including vegetables, protein and dairy.

And, while oils are not a food group, soybean oil is recognized as a healthier source of fat that provides essential nutrients. Learn more about how soy fits into the MyPlate food groups.