Join soybean growers and consumers across the nation in celebrating Soy Foods Month this April!
The United States is one of the top soybean producing countries in the world. More than 500,000 U.S. farmers in 30 states harvested 86 million acres of soybeans in 2022. These farmers are dedicated to meeting the world’s demand for this important crop in a sustainable way. U.S. Soy provides exceptional nutrition, serving as a source of protein and essential nutrients for people and animals.
Soy is praised for its human health benefits, including that it may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Its protein and oil (both conventional and high oleic varieties) carry heart health claims from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- 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.
- Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons (20.5 grams) daily of soybean oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
In addition to heart health benefits, components such as protein and isoflavones found in soy may also improve cognitive function, lower blood pressure, enhance muscle and bone health, and reduce risk of some cancers.
Another one of soy’s strengths is its versatility. From more traditional soy foods like tofu, edamame, and tempeh to modern soy foods such as plant-based meat alternatives and soy protein bars, there is a soy product for every palate. It’s also commonly used as an ingredient in snack foods like potato chips cooked in soybean oil and chocolate bars where soy lecithin is used as a stabilizer and flavor protector.
Explore more about soy foods from the field to your table, and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #NationalSoyFoodsMonth and #SoyFoodsMonth.
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