This Valentine's Day Add Soyfoods to Your Plate to Protect Your Heart

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Show your loved ones how much you really care by going heart-healthy with soyfoods.

February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to take steps to protect our hearts for the ones we love. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that great tasting and great-for-you soyfoods have a high quality soy protein known to lower cholesterol and protect our hearts. Research has shown that the effect of soy protein on blood cholesterol is enhanced when combined with other heart-healthy foods and ingredients, such as fiber, nuts, and plant sterols.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized health claim recognizes that 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Since 1999, numerous meta-analyses and significant examination of peer-reviewed data have continued to support the FDA health claim.

Heart-healthy ideas that will impress that special someone:

>> Surprise your sweetie by making them breakfast in bed; heart-shaped pancakes made with soymilk and topped with fresh fruit will start their day off right.

>> Plan a picnic in the park; pack sandwiches made with veggie deli slices and soy cheese for a high protein, low saturated fat, cholesterol free meal.

>> Coffee shops are the perfect place for an afternoon date; go for the soymilk option when ordering your favorite beverage.

>> There's nothing more romantic than a home-made meal; set the mood by serving spaghetti and meatless meatballs with a glass of wine by candle light.

Incorporating soyfoods into your daily diet is easy. For more meal and recipe ideas please visit soyfoods.org. For more information on soyfoods and heart disease, please visit soyfoods.org/nutrition-health/soy-for-heart-disease.