New Dietary Guidelines Include Soy Products

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) joins the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) in applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the new food icon, MyPlate. Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on June 2, MyPlate provides guidelines for healthier eating by showing consumers what their plates should look like at meal times. ISA and SANA are particularly pleased to see that soyfoods are represented in three of the MyPlate food groups.

“After the FDA officially recognized the value of soy protein in the fight against coronary heart disease in 1999, soyfoods have continued to attract consumer interest,” stated ISA Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and District 17 Director Dean Campbell. “ISA invests a portion of Illinois soybean checkoff dollars toward research that looks for new ways to incorporate soy in our diets. The USDA’s decision to recognize its importance in the new MyPlate program further solidifies soy’s role as an alternative, yet diverse food option.”

Soyfoods are not only included in three of the food groups listed on the MyPlate website – www.ChooseMyPlate.gov –but also in the sections titled “Related Topics” and “Tips and Resources.” Calcium-fortified soymilk is listed within the dairy group, and soybeans are included under the vegetable group as a good source of potassium. The protein group, which was formerly known as the meat group, explains that “vegetarian options… include beans and peas, processed soy products, and nuts and seeds.” In addition, soybean oil is mentioned as a common oil, and many of the site’s nutrition tips refer to soyfood options.

As a USDA Community Partner, ISA – along with SANA and many other organizations – helps the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) Nutrition Communicator Network reach out to consumers, so they can make educated, healthy diet decisions. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, these efforts include links to the MyPlate website from ilsoy.org and promoting the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to members and communities.

About the Illinois Soybean Association

The Illinois Soybean Association is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers.  The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: www.ilsoy.org.