Ankeny, Iowa, May 11, 2017— Approximately one percent of Americans have celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and reduces the rate of nutrient absorption from food. To increase public awareness of the disease, Beyond Celiac (formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) sponsors Celiac Awareness Month in May. People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten—found in grains such as barley, wheat and rye. Gluten triggers their symptoms and can affect the entire body, while avoiding gluten allows the small intestine to heal.
To aid in cooking and eating a gluten-free diet, The Soyfoods Council offers a free brochure, How to Eat and Live Gluten-Free! The Soyfoods Council provides information about the wide range of naturally gluten-free soyfoods that provide many of the same nutrients found in fortified breads and cereals that are on the do-not-eat list for those with celiac disease. For example, soybeans, tofu and soymilk provide calcium. Soy flour, TVP, tofu and soybeans provide iron and B-vitamins. Soy itself is a complete, plant-based protein that also supplies fiber.
Soyfoods can make it easier to go gluten-free with simple ideas such as mixing soy flour with other gluten-free flours to create appealing baked goods. Find tips and guidelines in the brochure, How to Eat and Live Gluten-Free! It’s available on the Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. Look for recipes such as Chicken and Noodle Toss made with gluten-free tofu shirataki noodles. The Soyfoods Council recipe database provides ideas for gluten-free snacks such as edamame, desserts like Gluten-Free Refrigerator Cookies made with soy flour, and Cool Chocolate Mousse featuring tofu, cocoa powder and Medjool dates. You can also keep current with the latest studies related to soyfoods and your health.
Try this Chicken and Noodle Toss recipe!
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.