Over the recent years, soy has been promoted as a miraculous ingredient which brings many health benefits, the most popular claim being its benefits for the heart. Back when the soy craze started, the FDA allowed manufacturers to promote their products as good for one’s cardiovascular health. Now, the association has proposed the revocation of this claim, as it says there’s not enough scientific evidence to back it up.
Manufacturers claimed soy was good for the heart
Those foods rich in soy protein have started invading the markets before the beginning of the new millennium. Back then, the FDA studied their possible benefits, and adopted the heart-friendly claim in 1999. However, they didn’t stop there, as many researchers continued exploring the link between these foods and heart benefits.
Contrary to popular belief, their trials and studies brought all kinds of results. Some early studies presented a clear link between the consumption of soy protein and a reduction of the levels of bad cholesterol. However, more recent studies continued the research and couldn’t find the same connection.
The lack of scientific proof convinced the FDA to give up the cardiovascular claims
Given this situation, the FDA decided they could no longer support the old claims. Since the results are not consistent enough to promote soy products as good for the heart, the association decided to revoke the claims. Its explanation was that the results did not meet the standards necessary for the officials to recommend a product as beneficial.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s the end of the soy industry. The manufacturers of such products will still be able to promote them as qualified. This means that the special labels they will attach will ensure their products have been scientifically tested. However, they will have to mention there is not enough evidence to support a significant reduction of the cardiovascular risk.
Seventy-five days from now on, the FDA is still accepting comments on the new rule. Only after that, it will take a definitive decision regarding soy products. However, manufacturers shouldn’t worry. The new proposal is only related to the link between these foods and the heart. All the other benefits of the products remain unrevoked.
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