Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 2000
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
Sure, it might look like lard, but tofu has earned a respectable
place on the American table. And age-old health claims about tofu
and other soy products now are backed by the Food and Drug
Administration. A few months ago, the FDA gave manufacturers the OK
to state on packaging that foods with soy protein might reduce the
risk of heart disease.
How much soy do you need? Foods with at least 6.25 grams of soy
protein qualify for the official health claim. People who consume
25 grams of soy protein daily, as part of a diet low in saturated
fat and cholesterol, should see significant reductions in blood
cholesterol, according studies cited by the FDA. Qualifying foods
might include soy beverages, tofu, soy-based meat alternatives
(such as tofu hot dogs) and even some baked goods.
Let's Talk Soy (www.talksoy.com), a Web site operated by the St.
Louis-based United Soybean Board, provides health and product
information, along with recipes in quantities for home or food-
service use. Additional information and links can be found at
www.soyfoods.com, a site produced by the Indiana Soybean Board.
LOREN G. EDELSTEIN
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