Additionally, many shoppers are confused when it comes to selecting soy products. Soyfoods month provides an opportunity to reach out to consumers and answer their questions.
To address the need for information, the Soyfoods Association of North America is organizing a Twitter chat with retail dietitians on Wednesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. ET. Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, will host the chat, focusing on the role of soyfoods in a healthy diet and easy ways to incorporate them into everyday meals.
Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based dietitian and fitness expert, specializes in improving overall eating habits. Follow #SoyChat on Twitter to join in the discussion.
Despite the focus on soyfoods like tempeh or soy flour, KSC's Patton says April is a good month to reflect on the many end-users of soy.
"While National Soyfoods Month primarily is about consuming soy oil and protein in whole soybeans or soy-based foods, it also is a great opportunity to remind people that animal agriculture is the largest 'processor' of soybeans.
"In fact, poultry and livestock consume the vast majority of the soybean meal produced in this country. That is why the soy checkoff encourages consumer choices toward a balanced diet, funds research to improve both soyfoods and soybean meal, and supports programs in animal agriculture."