The Soyfoods Council’s executive director Linda Funk was recently on AgweekTV sharing important information on how to get heart healthy protein (soyfoods!) in your diet. Watch it here:
Ankeny, Iowa, January 12, 2016— If you have trouble sleeping, or suffer from insomnia, you may want to add soyfoods to your daily diet. New results from the first population study to examine the relationship between soy and sleep habits indicates that soyfoods offer striking benefits. Soyfoods are uniquely rich sources of isoflavones, which are naturally occurring compounds classified as plant estrogens. The hormone estrogen tends to promote better sleep, both in terms of quality and duration.
A recent population study involving over 1,000 Japanese adults interviewed each participant to determine the amount of soy and isoflavones consumed and answered questions about how long and how well they slept. Among the group of participants, 13 percent reported regular sleep duration (7 to 8 hours a day) and 56 percent reported sufficient sleep quality. After adjusting for potential confounding factors, individuals in the group with the highest soy intake were almost twice as likely to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours, and about twice as likely to have better sleep quality. Those in the highest intake group consumed about two servings of soyfoods per day.
This study is good news for the millions of Americans who suffer from insomnia. According to survey data from the National Sleep Foundation, 48 percent of Americans say they have occasional insomnia, while 22 percent experience insomnia. Getting a good night’s sleep is a vital component of overall good health and can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Sleep-deprived people tend to snack more at night, and also may crave higher-carbohydrate foods and larger portions.
In the U.S., popular soyfoods include tofu, soymik and edamame. The Soyfoods Council offers tips and ideas for enjoyable ways to consume soy. On its website, you’ll also find easy recipes for incorporating more soyfoods into your diet. Beverage ideas include the berry-rich Silken Shake made with firm silken tofu, fresh or frozen strawberries, cranberry juice, vanilla and the sweetener of your choice. Another soy-based drink, the Pomegranate Cherry Vanilla Shake, features vanilla soymilk, pomegranate juice and frozen dark sweet cherries. For the latest health, research and nutrition information about soyfoods, visit the Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
Looking for a healthy soy recipe? Try this Pomegranate-Cherry Vanilla Soy Smoothie.
When autumn leaves take on color and the days get cooler, it’s time to explore the rich flavors and textures of cool-weather cuisine. The Soyfoods Council offers a selection of tempting recipe ideas that feature soyfoods and harvest ingredients. They’re also recipes you can feel good about. When you combine seasonal fruits and vegetables with healthful soyfoods ingredients, you tap into the flavors of fall while offering your family foods that boast an improved nutrition profile over traditional recipes. Soyfoods such as tofu, soymilk and soy yogurt are low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. Like all plant proteins, soybeans provide all of the essential amino acids. However, the amino acid pattern in soy protein comes closer to meeting human requirements than other plant proteins. In fact, the quality of soy protein is comparable to animal proteins….
Dr. Mark Messina on soy foods and breast cancer prevention on KICD 1240 AM:
The Iowa State Fair is right around the corner and the Iowa Soybean Association will insure that fairgoers have fun while learning about agriculture and the role soybean farmers play in helping feed and fuel Iowa, the nation and world.
The association, based in Ankeny and committed to improving the competitiveness of Iowa’s 37,000 soybean farmers, is partnering with the fair and other organizations to bring some old favorites and a few new events to the list of must-see stops:
Biodiesel powering the trams — It’s easy and safe for fairgoers to get from one end of the grounds to the other thanks to the ISA sponsorship of not only the tram tractors and carts, but also the biodiesel that fuels this popular transportation.
Ag magic at your fingertips —Spectators will delight at Rhonda Renee’s Thank A Farmer show featuring storytelling, juggling and music. Renee’s performance illustrates that nearly everything we touch, consume and wear has a direct connection to agriculture and a farmer. Thirty-minute shows will be held each day in the Christensen Farms Animal Learning Center at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Also in the Animal Learning Center,visitors can see livestock that eat Iowa grown soybeans and check out the ‘Soy- House’ to learn more about all the household products made from soy.
Focus on water — Visitors to the Ag Building can see firsthand how Iowa farmers are committed to clean water. Meander through Farmville, learn about the many conservation practices being used to protect soil and water quality and sign up to win a patio set and grill package. ISA representatives will be on hand Aug. 13 and 20.
Beat the heat, watch a free movie —”FARMLAND” follows the lives of farmers exploring the risks and rewards associated with farming and the passion that is passed down from generation to generation. It will be shown in the Maytag Family Theaters 1 p.m. daily with a farmer panel immediately following the featured presentation. Admission is free.
Be conversational about conservation — Iowa soybean farmers excelling in environmental stewardship will be recognized Aug. 19 at the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award ceremony to be held at the Penningroth Center beginning at 9 a.m.
Planting seeds of farming knowledge — Fun for children of all ages, Little Hands on Farm located just north of the Animal Learning Center is a place for children to learn how food is grown by participating in a variety of hands-on activities. They can also package soybeans to help feed Iowa’s pork and poultry industries.
Eat and enjoy —The Soyfoods Council will present two chances to experience soyfoods at the fair on Aug. 17. The Annual Soy Salad Dressing Professional Chef Contest (sponsored by Morinaga) will be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Ag Building — stop by to test the chef’s creations! The second opportunity is a cooking demonstration and soyfoods contest judging at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Elwell Building.
Iowa Food & Family Project exhibit – Again this year, the ISA is partnering with the Iowa Food & Family Project to feed people’s curiosity about how food is grown and the dedicated farmers who grow it. The must-see exhibit is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily in the southeast atrium of the Varied Industries Building and will feature a must-see sculpture created from more than 50 tons of sand. Win Casey’s pizza for a year, grab your copy of the Iowa Food & Family Cookbook and test your knowledge of agriculture to win great prizes!
To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.
Ankeny, Iowa, June 23,, 2015— A recent statistical analysis of the scientific literature concluded that in patients with kidney disease but not yet on dialysis, soy protein consumption leads to favorable changes in several health outcomes related to kidney function. In addition, soy helps to improve general nutritional status in patients on dialysis. Published in April 2015 in the European journal Clinical Nutrition, the analysis included 12 clinical trials on the effects of soy protein containing isoflavones in patients with chronic kidney disease.
Plant foods such as soybeans are rich in bio-active compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals, such as isoflavones, are thought to have important health benefits, especially in relation to providing protection against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. In fact, more than 25 years ago the U.S. National Cancer Institute began intensely investigating isoflavones for their role in preventing cancer. Since then, isoflavones have been studied for a wide range of health benefits, including kidney function. Soybeans are essentially the only commonly consumed food that contains meaningful amounts of isoflavones….
Soyfoods protective against gout
Gout is estimated to affect about 5% of the middle-aged and elderly population worldwide. In the United States, the “disease of kings” as it is called affects about eight million American adults. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis which leads to substantial morbidity by causing severe pain in the joints. New research from Singapore involving over 50,000 study participants found that higher protein intake increased risk by more than 25%. However, eating legumes in general and soyfoods in particular lowered risk by nearly 20%….