The Dietary Guidelines scientific advisory committee once again finds plant-based protein foods, such as soyfoods, offer meal options that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol free and nutrient packed. The just-released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) highlights dietary patterns that promote health, provide key nutrients and are sustainable.The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlights soyfoods and beverages in four food groups focusing on healthy eating patterns. Tofu and other soy products appear as protein foods, soymilk as a dairy alternative, and edamame in the vegetable group. With a shift in healthier food and beverage choices, we see more individuals adopting a plant based diet. A plant based diet is one that mainly gets its protein intake from plants as opposed to animals. Plant based protein foods include soyfoods such as tofu, beans, grains, nuts and seeds. Soyfoods aren’t just a prime candidate for a plant based diet, they also play a major role in a nutritious diet that offers excellent health benefits.
Heart disease is controllable and preventable, if you take your heart health seriously. Think about using Tofu as a meat alternative. The FDA approved a health claim that 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy range can be accomplished by adding protein rich soyfoods to your diet. When soyfoods replace other protein sources, they help lower body weight and fat as well as lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Lowering your LDL keeps our arteries healthy. Soy helps muscle growth and recovery. Skeletal muscles are essential to coordination, balance, speed, and strength for all ages. Soy is a Complete Protein: Soy protein found in tofu contains all 9 essential amino acids in the proportions needed for our body to grow and stay healthy. Soy protein is highly digestible and is comparable to beef, milk, fish, and egg protein in terms of protein quality, according to the PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score), an internationally accepted standard method for assessing protein quality.
And if this isn’t enough to convince you to add soy to your diet, here’s more reasons. It Was a Good Year for Older Women. No more hot flashes, mood changes or problems sleeping: post-menopausal women can celebrate with a tall soy latte! The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said that soy isoflavones, or phytoestrogens, are safe with no negative effects on mammary glands, uterus or thyroid, adding to a growing body of evidence that shows women can benefit from phytoestrogens and relieve menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes. Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies. Soy doesn’t just benefit older women; it benefits women of all ages – including those who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. About 10 percent of women in the U.S. develop gestational diabetes, or high blood sugar, during pregnancy. If uncontrolled, gestational diabetes can lead to high blood pressure and a difficult delivery or C-section of a large baby that is at risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life. A clinical trial found a diet with increased soy protein for six weeks of pregnancy significantly lowers fasting blood sugar, insulin levels, and fat circulating in the blood. Soy Found to Improve Fertility. Many women struggle with infertility, and for these prospective parents, they can face difficult medical regimens and stressful waiting.
You should not be worried about any relationship between consumption of soyfoods and breast cancer risk? Women who eat more soyfoods have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, compared to those who eat less soyfoods. Eating soyfoods at any age, especially when soy is consumed during childhood and adolescence, as part of a healthy diet appears to protect against developing breast cancer. In a study that showed a protective effect of soy against breast cancer, the median intake of soy among those who consumed the most soy was 2 times per week for adults, 3 times per week for adolescents, and 2 ½ times per week for children. Eating soyfoods early in life may be one of the factors that explains why Asian women have lower breast cancer rates, as low as one-fifth that of Western women. In addition, recent research suggests that there is not an increased risk of breast cancer for post-menopausal women, women at-risk of developing breast cancer and breast cancer survivors who consume soyfoods.
This information is all you need to add soyfoods products to your diet. It’s healthy for children, women wanting to have a baby, great for your heart health, and helpful for older woman. *House Foods is our favorite. Here is a link you can use to enjoy easy recipes all year long.
*House Foods America continues to be a family-friendly company that consistently satisfies our consumers while keeping sustainability top-of-mind. We take great pride in the quality of our products, and all our tofu is made exclusively from Non-GMO soybeans grown in the U.S. Because we have manufacturing facilities on both the East and West coasts, we are able to provide the freshest tofu products.