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LOUIS, August 1, 2017 – The Food and Drug Administration authorized the
use of a qualified health claim confirming soybean oil’s ability to
reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.1 Soybean oil is the most widely used edible oil in the United States.2 Most oils sold as vegetable oil are soybean oil.
new heart healthy claim, which food manufacturers are encouraged to add
to the label of qualified soybean oil and soybean oil-containing
products*, states: “Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence
suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons (20.5 grams) daily of soybean
oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary
heart disease. To achieve this possible benefit, soybean oil is to
replace saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you
eat in a day. One serving of this product contains [x] grams** of
claim is supported by a comprehensive review of scientific literature
and recommendations from governmental and professional organizations.1“We
conclude strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing
it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, like those
found in soybean oil, will lower the incidence of cardiovascular
disease,” said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, co-author of “Dietary Fats and
Cardiovascular Disease, A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart
Association” published in June 2017.3Most
soybean oil is made with U.S.-grown soybeans and has a favorable fatty
acid composition, containing 0 grams of trans fat and just 2 grams of
saturated fat per 1 tablespoon serving.4 It is one of the few non-fish sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.5Soybean
oil’s U.S.-grown and heart healthy claims are key factors in driving
product sales. According to a study conducted by the United Soybean
Board (USB), 63 percent of shoppers are more likely to purchase a
product displaying a label stating it was made with U.S.-grown
ingredients, and 87 percent are more likely to purchase U.S.-grown
soybean oil after learning the health benefits.6,7 Shoppers are asking for sustainable products and trust U.S.-grown ingredients.“I take pride in growing a sustainable crop that has the ability to
positively impact human health, and look forward to the opportunity to
continue to educate the public about the health benefits of soybean
oil,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, USB Farmer-Director.1
*Qualified products have a minimum of 5 grams of soybean oil per reference amount customarily consumed.1**Gram amount varies by product.
73 farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to
achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These
volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and
partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase
preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal
and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As
stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer
Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight
responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on
USB, visit www.unitedsoybean.org.
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