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FDA considering allowing health claims on soy products.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a petition to grant soy products a qualified health claim for possible prevention of breast, colon and prostate cancer. Unlike full-fledged health claims, qualified health claims are based on emerging research that suggests, but doesn't prove, a health benefit. Nuts, olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the foods and dietary supplements that have received qualified claims in recent years.

Soy protein has already earned one full-fledged FDA health claim for heart benefits. Since 1999, low-fat, low-cholesterol products containing at least 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving--equal to about a half-cup of tofu or a cup of soy milk--can carry a label that says: "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease." Since that claim went into effect, consumption of soy protein has more than doubled in the United States. If the new health claim is granted and soy consumption again doubles, industry sources project that U.S. soy intake could reach 4.5 grams per day.
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Title Annotation:Food and Drug Administration
Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 22, 2005
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