Soyfoods Spotlighted in April
During April, Soyfoods Month, several Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) members are offering coupons and discounts on a variety of soyfoods to help ease the stress on grocery budgets. According to Mohamed Obanni, president of SANA and senior director of R&D at Hain Celestial Group, with good taste, good health and good price, "soyfoods have it all!"
Among the companies offering coupons are Hain Celestial, for WestSoy soymilk; House Foods America Corp., for its tofu; SoyJoy, for Soy Bars; Turtle Island Foods, for Tofurky and other meat alternatives; and WholeSoy & Co., for Soy Yogurt and Soy Frozen Yogurt.
SANA’s Web site, www.soyfoods.org, additionally provides information on the nutritional profile of protein and nutrient-rich soyfoods, which can replace other protein foods higher in saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as meal ideas, in an online brochure called “Simply Soyfoods.”
"Soyfoods generally contain significant amounts of key nutrients that Americans are advised to consume more of, and are low in nutrients that Americans should avoid," said Julie Obbagy, R.D., Ph.D. VP of scientific affairs for Washington-based SANA. For instance, fortified soymilk, the most popular soy product consumed by Americans, is a "high" source of calcium and vitamin D, a "good source" of vitamin A, and also offers high-quality protein, iron and potassium. Soyfoods also lack or have lower amounts of cholesterol, saturated fat and calories, according to the association.