One of the most wonderful things about being a parent, in Canada, in the year 2015, is the ability to offer my children a variety of food options. From goat’s cheese to poutine; blood sausage to naan, they are exposed to a multitude of cultures and cooking techniques that most kids from my generation missed out on.
(Case in point: as teens, we went to Lime Rickey’s for a quick bite. Today, teens hit up their nearest Thai noodle house. Insane, right?)
Hence, with this in mind, I’ve recently started to diversify their palates further, offering protein-rich soy food to their diets, including So Good by Earth’s Own. In addition to allowing my boys to develop an appreciation for different tastes and textures, I also have their health (and the health of my husband and I) in mind – fortified soy beverages are considered the most complete dairy alternative and the only one recognized by Health Canada as a suitable alternative to dairy milk due to its nutritional benefits.
(I also have our taste buds in mind! Pictured right – So Good Kiwi Melon Smoothie.)
And here’s another reason to love soy: Health Canada recently approved a health claim linking the consumption of protein-rich soy food to lowering cholesterol levels. After an extensive review process by Health Canada, considered to be one of the most rigorous in the world, their scientific and regulatory teams made the decision based on scientific evidence that shows consumption of at least 25 grams of soy protein per day helps to reduce cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
So, where is all this cholesterol-lowering goodness? You can easily find it in soy beverages, tofu, miso, tempeh, natto, soy cheeses, soy nuts, isolated soy protein, soy protein concentrate, textured soy protein and soy flour.
(Or, just have another Kiwi Melon Smoothie. Delicious and nutritious!)
Introducing protein-rich soy foods as part of a healthy diet can be particularly helpful for Canadians aged 45-64 years old for whom heart health concerns are often top of mind. According to a recent Statistics Canada’s Health Fact Sheet (February, 2013), 39 per cent of Canadians aged 6 to 79 years have unhealthy levels of total cholesterol.
High cholesterol at six years old, people. Clearly, it’s never too soon to introduce disease-fighting foods, especially ones your family will truly enjoy.
What’s your favourite So Good flavour? We always have So Good Vanilla in our fridge, and I often bake with So Good Omega DHA as well. And since I now know the consumption of protein-rich soy food can lower cholesterol levels, we’ll be sure to enjoy it even more.