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FDA proposes health claim labeling for soy proteins

Responding to a petition by soy protein maker Protein Technologies Intl., the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new health claims linking soy protein with a reduction in coronary heart disease.
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Soy protein is found in and can be added to many food products. The agency concluded that foods containing proteins from soybeans when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol reduce total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol in the blood thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies show 25 g of soy protein per day have a cholesterol-lowering effect. FDA requires each serving of a product to contain at least 6.25 g of soy protein to qualify for the health claim. An example of an acceptable health claim would be: "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of [product name] supplies [amount] grams of soy protein." FDA is accepting written comments on the proposed regulation until January 25 1999.

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