BOON TO THE INDUSTRY the FDA's soy-protein health claim

Daniel, Kaayla T.
May 2004
Mothering;May/Jun2004, Issue 124, p49
Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration validated its claims that soy products are not only safe to eat but are "health foods," sales of soy products have achieved double-digit growth rates. The original petition— submitted by Protein Technologies International— requested that the health claim be made for soy isoflavones, the plant estrogens found abundantly in soybeans. Provided with only weak and conflicting proof that isoflavones lower cholesterol, and besieged by strong evidence of toxicity and endocrine disruption, the FDA had a duty to throw out PTI's petition. Instead, the agency took the unprecedented step of rewriting the PTI petition and substituting a claim for soy protein for the original one of isoflavone-rich soy protein.


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