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Is Soy Good for the Heart? FDA Proposal Backtracks on Health Claim

Is Soy Good for the Heart? FDA Proposal Backtracks on Health Claim”

The claim that soy protein can reduce heart disease appears on about 200 to 300 products in the US, according to industry figures, including popular brands like Silk soy milk.

But today (Oct. 30), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule that would revoke this health claim, saying that the science doesn't appear to back it up. "S$3 ome studies, published after the FDA authorized the health claim, show inconsistent findings concerning the ability of soy protein to lower heart-damaging low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol", as the FDA notes.

US regulators want to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a clear connection.

Now, "while some evidence continues to suggest a relationship between soy protein and a reduced risk of heart disease - including evidence reviewed by the FDA when the claim was authorized - the totality of currently available scientific evidence calls into question the certainty of this relationship", said the statement from the FDA's Mayne.

Dr. Susan Mayne, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, announced the move in a blog post. But if the soy health claim reversal does become an authorized regulation, food companies could still slap a "qualified" health claim on their products.

The agency will take comments on its proposal for 75 days before moving ahead. The group, Soyfoods Association of North America, said it would make its case to the FDA during the comment period. Other popular ones include those linking calcium and vitamin D consumption to a lower risk of certain bone diseases, or the association of some kinds of fruits and vegetables with a lower risk for cancer.

"You can actually prevent many diseases with lifestyle", she said.



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