Soy for a healthy cardiovascular system
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects millions of people throughout Europe every year. It does not have a single cause and usually is due to a combination of factors. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity, eating a healthy diet and no smoking are important factors that can help reduce the risk of developing CVD.
Soy foods fit into these recommendations as they are a source of high quality protein, low in saturated fats, contain polyunsaturated fats and are free from dietary cholesterol. Soy foods can be easily integrated into the diet and added to meals; in combination with exercise and a healthy lifestyle, soy foods can help maintaining heart health.
In 2012, the European Commission approved a health claim stating that foods low in or reduced in saturated fats help to maintain healthy cholesterol, following a positive opinion from EFSA. For more information on cardiovascular health and the role of soy foods, read this publication by ENSA’s Scientific Advisory Committee.