Soyfoods are easy to find and quick to prepare

Have you had your soyfoods today? Easy to find and quick to prepare, a wide assortment of soyfoods is available in mainstream grocery stores.

Have you had your soyfoods today? April is National Soyfoods Month but anytime of the year is a great time to try soyfoods. Whether you are familiar with soyfoods or not, you’re bound to find a new favorite among the large variety of soyfood offerings. They are easy to find and quick to prepare and a wide assortment of soyfoods is available in mainstream grocery stores.

Whether you consider yourself a gourmet chef or a drive-thru connoisseur, you can enjoy soyfoods. They are usually found in the produce, deli, frozen foods or dairy section of the grocery store. Look for them with their traditional counterparts, such as soymilk with dairy milk and soy flour with wheat flour.

If soyfoods are new to you, start out slowly. You can blend soymilk half and half with regular milk or mix the soy-based burger crumbles with ground beef. Soyfoods are right at home in baking too. Soy flour can be substituted for up to a quarter of all-purpose flour – just be sure to keep an eye on your baked goods as soy flour tends to brown a little bit faster.

If you believe you don’t have time to cook or look for something new at the store, soyfoods are also easy to find in restaurants. Look for edamame in salads, tofu in Asian soups and stir-fries and soymilk in smoothies and coffee drinks.

To identify foods high in soy protein, check out the label. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a health claim stating diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of developing heart disease. In order to have this claim on the label, a product must have 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving and meet other fat and sodium guidelines.

Purchasing and consuming soyfoods is a great way to support your health and Michigan agriculture. The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee represents the soybean producers in the state and funds soybean research and educational efforts. Visit the Soy Connection for recipes, news and health information.

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