The FDA released a statement this week “proposing a rule to revoke health claims associated with soy protein and heart disease”—a move that may leave the popular plant protein’s future in limbo.
“For the first time, we have considered it necessary to propose a rule to revoke a health claim because numerous studies published since the claim was authorized in 1999 have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease,” said Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in a statement. “This proposed action, which has undergone a thorough FDA review, underscores our commitment to providing consumers with information they can trust to make informed dietary choices.”
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The FDA does admit there is still “some” evidence that suggests a relationship between soy protein and a reduced risk of heart disease (it’s just not as strong as previously thought and it doesn’t mean soy is bad for you); if the rule is finalized, it would change how the claims are expressed on product packaging.
“While the FDA has revoked the heart health claim around soy due to conflicting evidence, from a nutritional perspective, consuming soy over high fat animal and dairy products automatically promotes better health, including heart health,” says celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson.
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