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>> The US Food and Drug Administration taking steps Monday to back away from claims soy protein protects the heart. Regulators are proposing a rule change, forcing companies to no longer make that claim because studies published years ago have shown inconsistent proof. In a statement, the FDA announced, our review of that evidence has led us to conclude that the relationship between soy protein and heart disease does not meet the meet the rigorous standard for an FDA-authorized health claim.
The FDA has authorized the link between soy and healthy hearts going back to 1999. But for nearly a decade, it's been planning to re-evaluate the scientific evidence for certain health claims. Including the one that soy protein may lower the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association has long advocated revoking the soy health claim, saying benefits of soy is, quote, minimal at best.
If the rule change is approved, it would be the first time in FDA history that a health claim has been revoked.