In First-of-Its-Kind Move, FDA Seeks to Revoke the claim of Soy Heart Health Benefit


The US Food and Drug Administration is set to take out a health claim about the heart health benefits of soy products, saying the newly found evidence lacks reasonable relationship. However, this is still a proposition that hasn’t been settled, so nothing is an unavoidable reality.

According to the agency in a statement, they are proposing a rule to remove a health claim for soy protein. They believe it is vital to propose a law to remove a health claim after many studies have shown inconsistent results in the connection between soy protein and heart disease.

For eighteen years, food manufacturers have been free to slap a Food and Drug Administration cleared claim onto their products about the health benefits from soy protein. However, FDA revoked the claim on Monday – for the first time since its last attempt to nullify a previously approved health claim.

The FDA has currently approved 12 health claims related to sealed food. Others include those relating to the consumption of calcium and vitamin D to reduce the danger of specific bone ailments, or some fruits with a reduced risk for cancer.

Soy good for your heart? Maybe not

The soy protein which claims to reduce a type of heart-damaging low-density cholesterol in about 300 products has failed to show a clear link after several studies.

In one of the studies by the US Healthcare Research and Quality, it was revealed that soy products had minimal effect on damaging low-density cholesterol. The agency began reevaluating the claim in 2007 and announced that the evidence is inconsistent and inconclusive.

The agency said that if the claim reversal becomes approved, food manufacturers could still slap a health benefit claim on their products. However, such claims must be qualified and should clarify the connection between soy and improved heart health.