Indore : Soybean is the least expensive source of protein having potential to combat malnutrition problems. It contains all three essential macro-nutrients required for good nutrition which serves as an excellent complement to lysine-limited cereal protein, said soybean experts while addressing a national Stakeholders Consultation on ‘Improving Food and nutrition security by mainstream soybean based food products into the publicly funded programme’ held here on Monday.
The event was organised by Soy food promotion and Welfare Association (SFPWA) in association with the Soybean Processors Association of India and US Soybean Export Council (USSEC).
Considering increase in lifestyle related diseases and subsequent increase in health consciousness among people, soya fortified wheat flour attracts Indian consumers, offering an excellent retail portfolio and commercial opportunities.
The Indian government runs world’s largest feeding and supplementary nutrition programme under various social welfare and ‘National Food and Nutrition Security’ mission which include ‘Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)’ and ‘Mid Day Meal’ programmes. Soy fortification is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to combat malnutrition.
G Chandrashekhar, Agribusiness and Commodity Sector Specialist delivered a special lecture on “Role of soybean in food and nutrition security”, which highlighted the challenges and outcomes of the efforts made recently in this field. The conference was attended by renowned personalities including, Girish Matlani, Chaiman, Soy Food Promotion and Welfare Association (SFPWA), Dr. Davish Jain. Chairman, The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA), Dr. Ratan Sharma, Director – India Soy Food Program U.S. Soybean Export Council, Inc., Dr. K. Bhaskarachary, Senior Research Officer, National Institute of Nutrition and National Vice President, Indian Dietetic Association (IDA), Dr. M. M. Krishna, Director – India Soy Food Program U.S. Soybean Export Council, Inc., Dr. SD Kulkarni from Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and many other dignitaries from the academia, industry and policy making were present.
Dr Ratan Sharma, Director, India Soy Food Programme, US Soybean Export Council, Inc said that soybean is the cheapest legume having neutraceutical properties. Soy and its supplements increase muscles mass and weight, improve brain development, increase stamina, improve immunity, reduce fatigue and improve overall health condition”.
Girish Matlani, Chairman, Soy Food Promotion and Welfare Association (SFPWA) said that “Some states of India are using soy in the feeding and supplementary nutrition programs in the form of the energy foods enriched with protein. This will improve the nutritional status of the masses in the country. There should be a policy driven support by the Indian government for using soy in the feeding and social welfare programs run by the Indian government”.
Soybean is one of the very few plants that provide a high quality protein with minimum saturated fat. Soybeans help people feel better and live longer with an enhanced quality of life. Soybeans contain all the three macronutrients required for good nutrition, as well as fiber, vitamins, minerals. Soybean protein provides all the essential amino acids in the amounts needed for human health.