Photo Credit: United Soybean Board

Aside from being a valuable protein-source, soy is packed with many nutrients critical to disease prevention, growth and good health. (Photo: United Soybean Board)

National Soyfoods Month Celebrates Powerhouse Protein, Iowa Farmers Who Grow It

April 1, 2022 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa — This April, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), alongside The Soyfoods Council, United Soybean Board and the Soy Nutrition Institute, encourages consumers to make room in their grocery carts for nutritious, delicious soy in celebration of National Soyfoods Month.

As personal health and sustainability continue to rank among the top considerations driving consumer food choices, Iowa soybean farmers are uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality protein and fat in a sustainable way.

“With a variety of soy-based foods available for purchase, incorporating plant protein into your favorite recipes is easier than ever,” said Linda Funk, executive director of The Soyfoods Council.

Aside from being a valuable protein-source, soy is packed with other nutrients including B vitamins, fiber, iron, calcium and phytonutrients – all of which are critical to disease prevention, growth and good health.

Public and private entities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Cancer Society, have cited many health benefits that may be linked to routine soy consumption, including:

  • Lowered levels of blood cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease.
  • Lowered blood pressure and improved artery health.
  • Increased cognitive function.
  • Reduced risk and reoccurrence of breast cancer.
  • Improvements in bone health.
  • Aid in weight management and complexion.
  • Decreased frequency and severity of hot flashes.

In 2021, Iowa soybean farmers harvested a record 622 million bushels of soybeans to ensure nutrient-rich protein is available for a growing global population.

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Funded by the soybean checkoff

The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.