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The Soyfoods Association of North America Celebrates National School Lunch Week, Oct. 14-18
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To meet growing demands for healthy, plant-based foods, schools nationwide are serving tofu, veggie burgers, soy crumbles, soymilk, soy yogurt, and other soyfoods. In celebration of National School Lunch Week on Oct. 14-18, the Soyfoods Association of North America highlights the latest research confirming the healthfulness of soyfoods for children, and showcases schools offering soyfood options in their cafeterias.
The bottom line for parents – children in the U.S. and across the world enjoy a variety of soyfoods daily and have grown and developed normally.
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School food service programs are increasingly taking advantage of the nutritional and economical value that soyfoods can provide their students. Soyfoods work within school meal requirements to offer a complete protein source that also supports fat and calorie reduction. Schools serve fortified soymilk in place of cow's milk, edamame as a vegetable, and tofu, soy-based deli slices, soy nuts, crumbles, burgers, soy nut butter or nuggets as meat alternates. The menu options enjoy high acceptance.[i]
Providing nutritious food for children's growth and development is very important, and soyfoods can easily fit into the picture. Great-tasting soyfoods provide essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, potassium and high-quality, complete protein for growing kids. These nutrients help kids build strong bones and lean muscle for balance and coordination, and serving soyfoods help kids learn to make healthy food decisions early in life.
Recent studies have indicated that eating soyfoods at an early age may protect against some diseases later on in life. For example, studies show eating soyfoods during childhood and adolescence may help protect against breast cancer as an adult.[ii],[iii] Soyfoods may also help preventing constipation, maintaining a healthy weight, and enduring athletic performance.
In addition to schools adding soy protein to their menus, parents can offer tasty, kid-friendly and cost-effective soyfoods at home. Grocery stores offer soymilk single-serve packs, soy nut butter and pretzel packs, soy yogurt and soy non-dairy frozen desserts in mini sizes. Tofu, veggie burgers, crumbles, hot dogs and sausages fit into any favorite chili, spaghetti sauce or stir-fry. And fruit soy smoothies made with fortified soymilk are fun ways to get added calcium. Children love the taste and never know the difference!
For additional information, please visit the Soyfoods Association website, soyfoods.org, which features resources for School Food Service Professionals as well as additional health information. A short video, "The Benefits of Soyfoods for Energetic Kids" featuring Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, is available to link to.
About Soyfoods Association of North America
The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) is a non-profit trade association that has been promoting consumption of soyfoods in the diet since 1978. SANA is committed to encouraging sustainability, integrity and growth in the soyfoods industry by promoting the benefits and consumption of soy-based foods and ingredients in diets. More information is available at www.soyfoods.org.
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The Soyfoods Association of North America
Andrea Cohen, Director of Communications
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