US Food and Drug Administration Revokes Soy Health Claims

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration wants to revoke the health claim that says soy protein from cartons soy tofu, milk and many other foods protect from heart diseases. According to the US health regulatory FDA, the evidence gained from recent scientific research no longer reflects a clear connection between soy protein and heart diseases.

FDA’s announcement made on Monday has marked for the first time that agency moved to revoke its health food claim released previously, since it started supporting such claims in 1990. According to the industry figures mentioned by the FDA, the health claim about soy protein reduces risks of heart diseases, can be seen on around 200 to 300 U.S. products including soy milk brands.

If agency follows its new plan, many companies may be still capable of making less conclusive statements about soy health benefits just by adding a disclaimer. Since, the officials of American Heart Association were not available immediately to comment on the latest announcement of FDA.

But, most of the Americans yet rely on highly protein-rich foods soy, said an emeritus professor John Erdman from the nutritional sciences division of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a scientific adviser for the Soy Nutrition Institute.

John Erdman stated in his statement that, “If nothing else, it doesn’t contain cholesterol, and it’s not high in saturated fats, so if you’re replacing meat or dairy with soy, you’re automatically getting heart health benefits. There was a sufficient amount of data prior to 1999 to suggest that 25 grams of soy protein a day was sufficient to lower cholesterol, assuming you had an otherwise appropriate diet.”

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