Soy in the Diet

From one little soybean, an astonishing variety of soy products are available to include in your healthy diet. Soyfoods can play an important part in a healthy, well-balanced diet to nourish the body with high quality protein –  similar to animal protein but low in saturated fat and cholesterol free. Try soymilk as a beverage or in recipes, soy oil for cooking, soy flour for baking, and soy nut butter for spreading. Enjoy every kind of soy food imaginable — from great tasting soy burgers, soy-based chicken strips, tofu, edamame, and soy yogurt — as part of your daily routine.  Soy nutrition bars and soy nuts are also a great snack.

Studies confirm that soyfoods boost health at all ages! Whether you are interested in being more heart healthy, wanting to lose weight, or seeking healthful snacks, soy foods can fit into every lifestyle.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Service recognize the important role that soyfoods play in the diet for many health-conscious and culturally sensitive individuals.

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

To help American eat healthier diets, the recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 recommendations included separating soy products from nuts, seeds and beans category and identified soy beverages as an alternative to dairy. For the first time ever, vegetarian and vegan meal patterns are available as adaptations to the USDA food patterns. It is clear that now more than ever the Dietary Guidelines are relevant for all Americans.

MyPlate

To accompany the USDA replaced the MyPyramid with a new food icon, MyPlate, that makes it easier for consumers to understand what foods they need to consume for a healthy diet.  To build on the recommendations, SANA has compiled easy ways to incorporate soyfoods into the MyPlate Food Groups in everyday meals that will not require families to sacrifice taste, time, or their favorite dishes in the process.  My plate includes Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage in the Dairy Group and Processed soy products appear in the Protein Foods, including tofu,  veggie burgers, tempeh, and texturized vegetable protein (TVP). The Vegetable Group lists soy beans under beans and peas.

For Vegetarian and Meat Lovers alike

Whether you’re a meat lover or a vegetarian, soyfoods can fit into the routine.  Soy ingredients such as soy crumbles, edamame, or soy protein can be mixed with traditional meat recipes or products to lower the saturated fat and cholesterol while boosting product appeal.  But, if the preference is for pure plant based foods, then soymilk and related products substitute for cow’s milk, soy protein based meat alternates, tofu, edamame, and whole bean products, such as soy yogurt and soy cheese.  To lower calories and saturated fat in meals with meat, add soy crumbles to ground meet dishes and edamame to salads with sliced chicken.  Soyfoods fit in any diet.