SOURCE: United Soybean Board

United Soybean Board

September 22, 2011 15:34 ET

Soyfoods Take a Bigger Seat at the Dinner Table

United Soybean Board-Funded Research Highlights Dietary Benefits of Soy

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - Many people want to eat healthier and are finding foods to help them do so. Soy offers an easy way to add protein without adding cholesterol, but additional benefits. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration supports the 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, the leading cause of death among Americans.

The United Soybean Board (USB), a farmer-led organization, helped secure this claim in part through research it funded. USB continues to make research investments on the potential benefits soy may hold for cancer prevention, osteoporosis and menopause.

Recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans select a variety of lean foods containing protein, including soy, which is also rich in potassium and folate.

USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.

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