Soyfoods Package Labeling

Many foods at the supermarket come in packages displaying a handful of labels or claims. Here’s what each term and icon means.

FDA Heart Health Claim is regulated by the FDA, and soy protein is the only plant protein approved for such a claim. After rigorous scientific research and reviews, the FDA concluded that

25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Non-GMO means not genetically engineered and refers to the type of seed farmers choose to plant. Many soyfoods are GMO-free, including soymilk, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and some meat alternatives and nutrition bars.

Certified Organic is regulated under the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Products with the USDA Certified Organic seal have been produced, processed, and handled following approved methods authorized by law, including no genetically engineered ingredients.

Soy Flour is less than 65% protein by weight, and the most common source of soy protein found in packaged foods, especially in organic foods.

Soy Protein Concentrate contains 65% to 90% protein, and Soy Protein Isolate contains 90% to 95% protein and nearly carbohydrate and fat-free.