April Is National Soyfoods Month
April 10, 2018 – During April, National Soyfoods Month, consumers are reminded to include soyfoods as part of a well-balanced diet.
“Soy is the only plant-based complete protein, and it is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat,” said Charlene Patton, a Topeka-based home economist who serves as consumer-media specialist for the Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC).
Including soy does not require new recipes. Soyfoods easily can be included as an ingredient in many recipes. Soy milk, soy flour, soynut butter, edamame, black or yellow soybeans, soy nuts and tofu are just a few options that can be included in favorite recipes. Soyfoods are readily available in most stores. Ask the store manager if you are unable to locate a specific soy product. Soyfoods may be in the natural food section or in the main grocery aisles.
Consumers may not realize, when purchasing vegetable oil, the only ingredient it contains is soybean. Soybean oil, known as vegetable oil, contains unsaturated fat and linoleic acid, and it is low in saturated fatty acids and high in polyunsaturated fat. It is one of the few plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. According to the Soyfoods Council, health authorities recognize that linoleic acid lowers blood cholesterol levels and, as a result, the risk of coronary heart disease.
“Consumers are encouraged to explore the many soyfoods available and incorporate healthy soyfoods into their families’ balanced diets alongside soy-fed beef, pork, poultry and dairy products. Animal agriculture is the largest ‘processor’ of soybeans. In fact, poultry and livestock consume the vast majority of the soybean meal produced in this country, so the soybean checkoff encourages consumer choices toward a balanced diet,” Patton said.
Celebrate National Soyfoods Month with a colorful and delicious Edamame and Corn Salsa. Congratulations to Margaret Miller, Burdett, who won first place in the Quick and Easy Snacks category of KSC’s Invent a Heart-healthy Food competition at the 2017 Kansas State Fair with the recipe. For additional information and soyfoods recipes from appetizers to desserts, visit http://KansasSoybeans.org/soyfoods on the web.
The Kansas Soybean Commission, established in 1977 and headquartered in Topeka, includes nine volunteer farmer-commissioners who are elected by their peers. They oversee investments of the legislated “soybean checkoff” assessment in research, consumer information, market development, industry relations and farmer outreach to improve the profit opportunities for all Kansas soybean farmers.
For more information, contact Communications Director Brad Parker.
Mobile app: www.bit.ly/kssoyapp