‘Tis year, as your attention turns to matters of the heart in celebrating Valentine’s Day, think about the heart health of those you love. When you combine soy and chocolate, you can feel good about offering chocolate-rich Valentine’s Day desserts. Soyfoods are not only part of a healthy lifestyle, they are also part of a heart-healthy diet and may lower heart disease risk in three ways. In addition, soy is higher in protein than all other legumes, deriving 35 to 38 percent of its calories from protein (compared to approximately 20 to 30 percent in other legumes). The protein quality of soy is comparable to animal protein. When you discover how soyfoods such as tofu complement chocolate, you may find yourself looking at romantic desserts in a whole new way….
Oil Solutions Developed to Help Industry Reverse Sales Decline
The butter, margarine and oils category reported a volume sales loss of one percent between 2008 and 2013. According to the Mintel report Butter, Margarine and Oils, an uptick in healthier eating trends is partly to blame. In fact, 86 percent of Americans express concern about the nutritional content of the food they eat.1 Product innovation with improved oils may help food companies regain market share….
ST. LOUIS (November 7, 2013) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded today to a notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially-hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially-hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s – a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fats in food products. In response to today’s notice by the FDA, Mississippi soybean farmer and ASA President Danny Murphy issued the following statement: “The vast majority of soybean oil consumed is not partially hydrogenated and is free of trans fats, so consumers can be assured of the continued safety and healthfulness of soybean oil and the many food products that contain it. It’s also important to remember that soybean oil is a very healthy oil that is high in poly-unsaturated fats and has high levels of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids….