Soyfoods Help Women Step Up Healthy Eating

Washington, May 14, 2012– Often, women are too busy caring for others that they do not take time to care for themselves. During National Women’s Health Week, the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) reminds women to make their own health a top priority by making healthy food choices, staying physically active, and receiving regular checkups and preventative screenings.

Three ways soyfoods can help women take charge of their health today:

1. Soyfoods boost the heart health of women.
Research continues to support the 1999 health claim authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that eating 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.1 The effect of soy protein on blood cholesterol is enhanced when combined with other heart-healthy foods and ingredients, such as fiber, nuts, and plant sterols.2

2. Soyfoods help women achieve a healthy weight.
Soyfoods can aid in your weight loss program by saving calories and fat when eaten in place of food high in fat. Plant protein, like soy, may increase satiety—or make you feel full—more than carbohydrates. Soyfoods also contain fewer calories, less total fat and saturated fat, and more fiber than other sources of high-quality protein.

3. Soyfoods are safe for women at risk for breast cancer.
Research shows that women who are at risk of developing breast cancer, or who are breast cancer survivors, can safely consume moderate amounts of soyfoods.  No human trials exist to suggest a link between eating soyfoods and tumor growth.3,4 A growing body of research suggests that eating a healthful diet that includes soyfoods, especially beginning in childhood and adolescence, may protect against breast cancer later in life.5,6

Women can select and prepare soyfoods as part of any low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet today.  Today’s selection of soyfoods make it easy to add soy yogurt or soymilk over cereal at breakfast, enjoy edamame or a whole soybean fruit bar with lunch, or serve a tofu stir-fry or chicken-less chef salad for dinner.  Need more ideas how?  Discover a new soy-inspired recipe at: http://www.soyfoods.org/consumers/recipes.

National Women’s Health Week, May 13th – May 19th, is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health.  For more information please visit: http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/

Soyfoods can help women take the steps towards a longer, healthier, happier life.  For more information on soyfoods and heart disease, please visit http://www.soyfoods.org/nutrition-health/soy-for-heart-disease; or for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with soy, please visit http://www.soyfoods.org/nutrition-health/soy-for-healthy-weight.

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The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) is a non-profit trade association that has been promoting consumption of soyfoods in the diet since 1978. SANA is committed to encouraging sustainability, integrity and growth in the soyfoods industry by promoting the benefits and consumption of soy-based foods and ingredients in diets. More information is available at www.soyfoods.org.

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