U.S.-Grown, Heart-Healthy Soybean Oil
Soyfoods and soybean oil play a vital role in health & nutrition for the entire family. Health professionals have long regarded U.S.-grown soybean oil, commonly labeled as vegetable oil, as a healthy cooking oil.
Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) July 2017 authorization of a qualified health claim confirming soybean oil’s ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, consumers will now begin to see heart-healthy labeling on
bottles of soybean oil.
Reduced Risk of CHD
The new health claim that will appear on labels of qualified soybean oil and soybean oil- containing products* states: “Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons (20.5 grams) daily of soybean
oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. To achieve this possible benefit, soybean oil is to replace saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product
contains [x] grams** of soybean oil."
“Lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, like those found in soybean oil, will lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease.” Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease,
A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association, June 2017.
Favorable Fatty Acid Profile
U.S.-grown, heart-healthy soybean oil has a favorable fatty acid composition, containing 0 grams of trans fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 1 tablespoon serving. It is one of the few non-fish sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. The
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in soybean oil is the principal source of omega-3s in the U.S. diet. Omega-3s affect cardiovascular health and may reduce blood pressure.