SOYBEANS AS FOOD
A healthy, versatile option
Soy adds a layer of healthfulness to snacks and meals. Soybeans are a delicious source of protein, fiber and other nutrients.
Health benefits of soy
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), soy protein and soybean oil as part of a healthy diet may be able to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
High oleic soybean oil contains no trans fats, while maintaining functionality characteristics that make soybean oil an ideal food ingredient.
Find soy foods at your local grocery store
Look around next time you’re grocery shopping — you’ll notice soy foods and soy ingredients in many foods already on the shelves.
Soy is the only plant protein that has a heart health claim from the FDA. Tofu, tempeh and other soy-based meat alternatives are healthful ways to add soy protein to your plate.
Soybeans and sprouts
Bean sprouts, edamame, whole soybeans and roasted soy nuts are commonly available. These soybean sources are easy ways to get a serving of soy.
Tofu is made from the protein in soy milk. It has a cheese-like texture and can be used in many ways and in many dishes.
Soybean oil, including Soyleic, is the most widely used oil. Most cooking oils labeled as “Vegetable Oil” are soybean oil.
The process of fermentation is used to create several popular soy foods. Tempeh, miso and soy sauce are all made by fermenting soy.