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Soyfoods fit into food pyramid

Soyfoods can be an important part of a healthy diet plan according to the United Soybean Board. The 2009 Soyfoods Guide describes how soy fits into the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid and the Dietary Guidelines.

Most soyfoods contain no cholesterol and little or no saturated fat. In addition most soyfoods contain high quality protein and dietary fiber. Many soyfoods also provide essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, vitamins A and D, calcium, iron and potassium.

Soyfoods can be included in five of the food guide pyramid areas--grains, vegetables, oils, milk and meat & beans. There are many benefits of including soy in the daily diet. Soy protein may help to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and increasing the flexibility of blood vessels. Soybeans also contain important bio-active components that have begun to show promise with menopausal symptoms, maintaining healthy bones and preventing cancer.

The Soyfoods Guide includes a Soyfoods Composition Chart that provides nutritional information for specific soyfoods. Consumers will be able to easily check the benefits of soyfoods for protein, calcium and other nutrients.

Soy flour, soy milk, tofu, soy nuts, edamame and canned soybeans are only a few of the many foods available in the grocery store. Soy food sales continue to increase as consumers make soyfoods a part of their regular diet.

Consumers may contact the Kansas Soybean Commission for a free copy of the "2009 Soyfoods Guide", recipes and additional information by writing: 2930 SW Wanamaker Drive, Topeka, KS 66614, visiting www.kansassoybeans.org or calling 800-328-7390.

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