National Soyfoods Month

Posted: April 14, 2010 in Ask The Guyatitian
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Just a quick note today to recommend this great website called for great information on soy and great recipe ideas, too!

“Soyfoods are a nutritious option for children and busy families,” says Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD, LDN, Research Dietitian for the National Soybean Research Laboratory. Unlike many other protein sources, soyfoods are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.”

Soyfoods are easy to prepare and simple to incorporate into your favorite dishes, making soyfoods a healthy choice that fits into any busy family schedule: 

  • Breakfast: Try soymilk on cereal or blended with fruit and oatmeal in a delicious smoothie.
  • Lunch: Try deli alternatives that taste great and offer all the benefits of soy.
  • Dinner: Meat alternatives are an easy way to add soyfoods to your menu. For a quick and easy dinner, try making tacos with soy crumbles in place of ground beef. You save on saturated fat and calories and they are ready in just minutes.
  • Snack: Soyfood snacks like whole soy nutrition bars, soy yogurt and soy pudding are perfect for active families looking for a variety of on-the-go options.
  • Any time: Traditional tofu can be used in any meal or desserts to decrease calories and provide a good source of complete protein.

More good news when it comes to soy! A new review study published in the current issue of Fertility & Sterility found that soy does not have feminizing effects on men.  The review examined published data from over 150 clinical studies to critically evaluate the effects of soy isoflavones on men.  Results show that soy food consumption has no effect on circulating levels of testosterone or estrogen, sperm count, semen quality, breast size or erectile function in men.  The bottom-line is that there is no evidence indicating that the isoflavones or other components of soy foods exert feminizing effects on men.

Ode to Soy!

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