Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

A Consumers Guide to Soy Terms


Although you may have heard about soy and all of its health benefits, you may not have figured out how to incorporate it into your diet, yet. There are so many products available; figuring out exactly what they are may seem overwhelming. Here is an explanation of terms of various soy products to help you understand and evaluate which products are for you.

In October 1999, the USDA approved the statement, "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease." This health claim is based on research showing that soy protein can lower total cholesterol and LDL(bad)cholesterol.

Soy foods typically fall into two categories: Traditional and soy protein products (SPP). Traditional foods are soymilk, tofu, miso, tempeh and edamame. Soymilk is made from ground soybeans mixed with water, cooked and then filtered. Tofu is a cooked, pureed soybean that is then offered in different textures. Miso is a seasoning from cooked, fermented soybean paste. Tempeh is cooked, fermented soybean cakes, and edamame is the whole, green soybeans. SPPs are made from soy protein concentrate, soy flour or ISP (see below). Examples are soy burgers, cereals, etc.

Textured soy protein (TSP) is probably what many people unfamiliar with soy products think of when they hear the term 'soy foods'. TSP, also known as Texturized Vegetable Protein, is made from compressed soy flour or other soy ingredients and is used as an extender in other foods products. It is available as a dried and granular product that is rehydrated with boiling water. It takes on a texture similar to ground beef or stew meat.

Isoflavones are compounds found naturally in soybeans and soy foods. They have a chemical structure similar to estrogen and have some estrogen-like effects. This is why isoflavones are also referred to as phytoestrogens. However, isoflavones also have non-hormonal properties which likely affect humans. They are thought to have coronary and skeletal benefits, may relieve hot flashes, and might reduce the risk of certain cancers. One serving of traditional soy foods has about 20-30 mg isoflavones.

Isolated soy protein (ISP) is also referred to as soy protein isolate on a label. ISP is prepared by removing most of the non-protein components from soybeans. By definition, it is at least 90 percent protein and is essentially carbohydrate-free and fat-free. It is often added to pasta, fruit beverages and energy bars for extra nutrition.

Soy foods made from the whole bean are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends that Omega-3 fats are beneficial for heart health. These fats are believed to help in many other conditions related to inflammation and disease.

Supplements are another source of isoflavones in the diet. Soy isoflavone supplements are available at drug stores, natural food stores, and other retailers in various dosage forms, including tablets, powders, capsules, granules and liquids. Although some experts believe that taking soy isoflavones is supplement form could do harm by providing too much of a good thing, other experts point out that many supplements, if taken in recommended dosages, do not provide more isoflavones than eating the whole soy foods. For those who have been unable to figure out how to incorporate soy foods into their diet, this may be the solution to getting more soy in their diet.

So, the next time you are shopping, and start looking at all the soy-related terms, use this list to help you sort it out. Experiment: For those of us who were not raised with soy foods, it is just a matter of experimenting with different products that fit into our lifestyle, then developing a taste for a new food that can offer many healthful benefits.

Marjorie Geiser is a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and life coach. Marjorie has been the owner of a successful small business, MEG Fitness, since 1996, and now helps other nutrition professionals start up their own private practice. To learn more about the services Margie offers, go to her website at http://www.megfit.com or email her at margie@megfit.com.


MORE RESOURCES:

AmmoLand.com

Nutrition Standards Could Create Regulatory Potluck
Farm Futures
Think meat and protein are a healthy component of a nutritious diet? Input on dietary guidelines are beginning to urge that consumption of eating less meat should be pursued not for health reasons, but for the environment. Every five years a panel of ...
Caruba: Should the Government Tell You What to Eat?AmmoLand.com (press release)
Is Dietary Variety Overrated?Triathlete Europe

all 6 news articles »


New business owners serve up nutrition
Elkin Jonesville Tribune
Midtown Nutrition owners, Lisbeth Morales-Ochoa, 22, and Steven Hughes, 21, teamed up for the nutrition launch saying they were both a natural fit for the new business. “Midtown Nutrition got the name because it's in Elkin and was recommended by the ...

and more »


ThinkProgress

Nutrition Experts Fight To Prevent GOP From Rolling Back Healthy School ...
ThinkProgress
The political debate over a national school meal program continues to rage, as GOP lawmakers and school cafeteria lobbyists seek to roll back recent reforms under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 while health experts maintain that the ...
During Kids Eat Right Month and Every Day, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ...Newswise (press release)

all 3 news articles »


Official: Miss. ready for school nutrition standards
Hattiesburg American
WASHINGTON – Mississippi is well prepared to meet new federal nutrition regulations regarding school lunches, a state education department official said Wednesday. Mississippi's Statewide Purchasing Cooperative helped the state negotiate lower prices ...
School Nutrition Association dismisses new studies that find kids like ...The Hill (blog)
Produce industry weighs in at Senate school nutrition hearingThe Produce News
Gillibrand: Hold firm on school-lunch nutrition standardsRochester Democrat and Chronicle
Baking Business (registration) -Roanoke Times
all 17 news articles »


New York Times (blog)

A Dietitian Who Won't Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids
New York Times (blog)
When I had my first job as a nutrition counselor I believed that telling people which foods were good for them would automatically transform their eating. But it didn't. In fact, most of them already knew what they should eat. More times than I can ...



Macon Telegraph (blog)

Bibb nutrition workers, public sample cafeteria food
Macon Telegraph (blog)
“We're not going to be feeding garbage cans,” said Cleta Long, the district's nutrition director. “We're going to be feeding students.” As they handed out an assortment of lunch and breakfast items, vendors said food companies have developed products ...
Participants enjoy Bibb School Nutrition Program mini food show41 NBC News (blog)

all 6 news articles »


New York Times

Ackman Goes After Herbalife's Nutrition Clubs
ABC News
Activist investor Bill Ackman once again denounced weight loss and nutritional supplements company Herbalife as a pyramid scheme, but Wall Street shrugged off his criticism and sent the company's stock soaring 25 percent Tuesday. In a three-hour ...
Bill Ackman Slams Herbalife's Nutrition Clubs: 'It's a Pyramid Scheme'DailyFinance

all 430 news articles »


How the EU stepped up its game on nutrition
Devex
EuropeAid funds programs, projects and actions all over the world that deal with sustainable and equitable food security measures. It is also a strong supporter of the global Scaling Up Nutrition movement, which aims to improve nutrition through a ...

and more »


Businessweek

Dog Food Fight! Purina Says Blue Buffalo Is 'Built on Lies'
Businessweek
Guest host Seth Rogen and SNL cast member Cecily Strong played the sort of overwrought consumers who philosophize about pet nutrition in Blue Buffalo's actual ads. The characters suffer an emotional meltdown as they discuss what they've fed their ...



How to 'sell' nutrition
Devex
Given the impact of nutrition on a person's health and an economy's vitality, you may think that convincing people to opt for a better diet can't be too difficult. Think again. Food products can reach such an iconic status due to celebrity endorsements ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.