EurActiv Special Report - Sustainable and Healthy Food

With the world’s population expected to rise to nine billion by 2050, European regulators are pushing for a gradually greener approach to food sustainability, warning that demand for food could cause a number of related crises, such as runaway carbon

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ENSA Position on EU rules on lactose-free labelling: Suitability of plant-based food products for lactose-intolerant people


ENSA, the European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association, supports the harmonisation of rules for the labelling of lactose-free products at EU level. ENSA would like to stress how important it is that products for normal consumption, such as soyfoods and other plant-based foods with similar usage and purpose as dairy, can also indicate suitability. Lactose-free labelling of naturally lactose free food products is providing consumers with useful information and ensuring an equal treatment between similar products. ENSA therefore calls for lactose-free labelling rules which would allow products which are NATURALLY free from lactose such as soy-based food and other plant-based food to be labelled as such.

ENSA position on EU rules on lactose-free labelling

ENSA position paper on GMO and GMO-free labelling


European consumers have shown and still show a clear preference for non-GMO products. In addition to the concerns about the consequences of GMOs on human health, the impact of GMOs on the environment is a concern, in particular their effect on biodiversity and existing species.

ENSA members have made a clear choice to use non-genetically modified crops of soy beans and are committed to providing healthy soy food made from GMO-free soy beans. It is therefore essential that consumers are accurately informed about the products they purchase and have the right to know whether a product they consume contains GMOs (even below 0.9%) or if it is GMO-free.

ENSA position on GMO and GMO-free labels (PDF)

ENSA position on Swedish National Food Agency study on heavy metals and minerals in foods for infants and young children

Brussels – 30 January 2013: The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) takes note of the conclusions of the Livsmedelsverket/Swedish National Food Agency report entitled, ‘Contaminants and Minerals in Foods for Infants and Young Children’, which found that infants and young children may be exposed to increased levels of certain contaminants and minerals by the consumption of certain foods. ENSA believes that maximum levels for harmful substances should not be surpassed and consumers should be accurately informed about the products they consume.

ENSA position on Swedish NFA study (PDF)


European Week of Soya 2012 - Soya, resource-efficiency and consumer behaviour: Make the sustainable choice the easy choice

Brussels – 12 October 2012 – On the occasion of the 2012 Week of Soya, Mr Bas Eickhout MEP and ENSA, the European Association of Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers gathered on Monday with consumer behaviour experts to discuss ways to empower consumers to make more sustainable food choices and explore possible policy pathways that address the issue of sustainable diets. While consumers do understand the urgency of switching towards more sustainable and healthier diets, they still need incentives and concrete arguments relevant to them personally to transform the idea into concrete actions.

6th European Week of Soya - Make the Sustainable choice the Easy choice (PDF)

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and Cardiovascular Health


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a disease that affects the heart and circulation of the blood and includes conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and stroke. It’s the main cause of death in many European countries, claiming the lives of over 2 in 5 people and accounting for approximately 2 million deaths a year. CVD doesn’t have one single cause; generally it’s due to a combination of factors. The good news is that it’s highly
preventable. Maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, not smoking and eating a healthy diet can all help to reduce the risk of developing CVD.

Soyfoods and Cardiovascular Health (PDF)

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and the Endocrine System


The endocrine system is made up of a number of glands that produce and secrete hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones regulate various physiological functions including metabolism, growth, sexual function and development. Anything that can alter the function of the endocrine system may consequently have an impact on an individual’s health. The effect of soyfoods on the endocrine system has received a great deal of interest mainly because soybeans are a source of isoflavones. Isoflavones belong to a group of compounds called phytoestrogens which show structural similarities to the female hormone estrogen and therefore may exert weak estrogenic-like effects. This property raised concerns that isoflavones may affect the endocrine system. To better understand this topic it’s important to have an accurate understanding of isoflavones.

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and the Endocrine System (PDF)

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and the Menopause


The menopause refers to that time in a woman's life when menstruation stops and her ovaries lose their reproductive function. This happens when levels of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, fall and the ovaries stop making eggs. The typical age for women to reach the menopause is around 50. The resulting changes in ovarian hormones, particularly the drop in estrogen, are thought to be the cause of menopausal symptoms in many women. Hot fl ushes are the classic sign of menopause, affecting up to 70% of European women. Hormone therapy is often prescribed by doctors to help with these menopausal symptoms; however research has raised concerns about its long term safety. As a result many women are looking for natural, alternative solutions.

Soyfoods and the Menopause (PDF)

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and the impact on breast cancer: current knowledge


Scientific research is now suggesting a link between women’s lifestyles and eating habits and their risk of developing breast cancer. Making positive dietary choices and adopting a healthy lifestyle could offer protection from this disease for future generations of women.

SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and the impact on breast cancer: current knowledge (PDF)

ENSA Insights - Soya and Bones

Healthy Bones

Bone tissue is a very dynamic tissue, continuously remodelling itself through bone formation (by osteoblastic cells) and bone resorption (osteoclasts). During growth, bone accretion is higher than bone resorption, allowing the bone mass to increase. Between the ages of twenty and twenty-fi ve, this process is completed and a person’s ‘peak bone mass’ is normally reached. Peak bone mass is the maximum bone mass achieved in life. After this, for a certain period of time (30 to 50 years) there is a balance between the formation and degradation of bone tissue. In later life, the occurrence of bone resorption becomes higher than bone formation.

Soya and Bones (PDF)