Soyfoods and soybean oil play a vital role in health and nutrition for the entire family. Incorporating soyfoods in a healthy diet is a great choice Americans can make to lower LDL-cholesterol levels.
Benefits for all
Both soy protein and soybean oil carry FDA heart health claims. The incorporation of soyfoods in the diet may support heart health across the lifespan.
Soy protein is a high-quality protein as it provides all the essential amino acids in the amounts needed by the body to make protein. Soyfoods are also a source of folate, potassium and fiber.
Soybean oil 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.
Benefits for women
Soyfoods hold a special appeal for postmenopausal women because they are uniquely rich sources of isoflavones. Clinical work shows isoflavones alleviate hot flash frequency and improve endothelial function, thereby helping reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Supplementing the diet with soybean oil significantly reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Soy does not increase breast cancer risk and women diagnosed with breast cancer can safely consume soyfoods.
Benefits for men
Soyfoods provide high-quality protein which leads to muscle mass and strength in those undergoing resistance exercise training. Recent research suggests that soy may lower risk of prostate and colon cancers, as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems.
Benefits for Children
Soyfoods provide high-quality protein with lower levels of saturated fat typically present in other commonly consumed protein sources. Studies show that children find soyfoods as acceptable as their non-soy counterparts –which is advantageous, as fortified soymilk is the only plant-milk dairy alternative approved by health professionals for children ages one to five.