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April Is National Soyfoods Month

During April, National Soyfoods Month, make a plan to incorporate soyfoods into one of your next family meals. Soyfoods provide the only plant-based complete protein, which contains all essential amino acids just like animal protein. Unlike many other protein sources, soyfoods are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. There is also a growing body of credible scientific research supporting the beneficial health effects of soy.

How Much Soy Should You Eat?

  • Lowering Cholesterol:  25 grams of soy protein per day
  • Easing Symptoms of Menopause: 40 to 70 mg of soy isoflavones a day (preferably from food)
  • Improving Bone Health: A single serving of soy every day

Soy Foods in the Supermarket

Supermarket aisles are filled with your favorite soy foods, but it can sometimes be a hunt to try to find them. TIP: Soy foods are great alternatives to foods higher in cholesterol and calories. For this reason, many soy foods are located right next to foods they resemble.

  • Produce Section: tofu, soy nuts (near the croutons), soy veggie dogs, soy burgers, soy patties, soy crumbles, soy cheese, soy deli meat
  • Refrigerated Milk Section: various flavors of refrigerated soymilk (soy milk)
  • Refrigerated Dairy Section: soy cheese, soy yogurt, soy nondairy cream cheese, soy “buttery” spread
  • Baking Section: various flavors of shelf-stable soymilk (soy milk), soy flour, soy protein, soy oil (vegetable oil), soy brownie and biscuit mixes
  • Snack and Cracker Aisle: roasted soy nuts, soy chips, soy crisps, soy bars, soy trail mix
  • Ice Cream Section: soy nondairy frozen desserts, soy frozen yogurt
  • Jellies and Spreads Section: soy nut butter
  • Coffee Section: soy coffee creamer


Edamame are quickly becoming one of the most appealing whole soybean products on the market. They look great on the plate, and they taste more like a fresh sweet pea, lima or fava bean than a starchy legume.

Edamame are not simply immature or under-ripe soybeans. They are a specific variety, and the only green variety of soybean. They are a traditional Japanese snack, and thus their name. It’s important to note that edamame taste different from all other varieties of soybeans: They taste and eat more like fresh green vegetables than dried legume. For this reason, edamame are cooked more like a green vegetable than a dried bean and can be used in soups and stews, salads and side dishes.

Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad
Serves 6 to 8

All you need:

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked shelled edamame
  • 2 cups roasted frozen sweet corn
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red peppers
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red onions
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed, optional
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. In a small saucepan combine vinegars, sugar, cumin, onion powder and garlic. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Place edamame, roasted corn, red pepper and onion and beans (if desired) in a medium bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables. Stir to mix. Cover refrigerate 1 to 4 hours or until chilled, stirring once or twice.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Reduce Food Waste

Leftovers are a great way to use foods in your fridge that otherwise would go to waste. Try to plan one meal per week that involves leftovers.

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