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Interesting Soy Facts

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Welcome to our website, dear readers. Soybeans have long been considered the most versatile agricultural product in the world. Most of the soybean is used for animal feed, but it has not bypassed the human diet. Today on the shelves in the store you can see both pure soy and a huge variety of products containing this crop.

And today we decided to take a closer look at this legume. In the article we have collected the most interesting facts about soy.

#1

It is an ideal meat substitute for those who do not eat it. The fact is that meat contains 8 essential amino acids, which are not produced by our body. Essential acids include: valine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. Soybeans, in fact, are practically the only agricultural crop that contains all the essential amino acids.

#2

Soybeans are native to East Asia. Soybeans were an important crop in East Asia long before written records existed. There is evidence that this agricultural crop began to be grown in the territory of modern China between 7000 and 6600 BC. A little later, this culture came to Japan (approximately between 5000 and 3000 BC), and even later to Korea (in 1000 BC).

Soybeans arrived in Europe through France in 1740. But on an industrial scale, they began to cultivate it there only 140 years later (in 1885). Soybeans were introduced to the USA in 1804. As for our Russia, it came to us in 1741, but was not popular until the beginning of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

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Despite the fact that China is considered the birthplace of soybeans, this country is not among the top three in its production. The top three are led by the United States of America, Brazil and Argentina. Moreover, 2/3 of all world soybean exports go to China.

#4

This is an annual plant. It grows from seeds, bears fruit and dies. From sowing to harvest, on average, it takes from 80 to 120 days.

#5

This plant produces fruits that are a hairy pod growing in groups of three to five. Each pod is about 3-8 centimeters long and usually contains 2 to 4 (rarely more) seeds 5-11 mm in diameter. Seeds come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, such as black, brown, blue, yellow, and green.

#6

There are 446 calories in 100 grams of raw soybeans. As for their composition, it is as follows: 9% water, 30% carbohydrates, 20% fat and 36% protein (it is 2 times more than in pork, 3 times more than in eggs and 12 times more than in milk) .

As for vitamins, soy contains vitamins such as B6 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin C, riboflavin, folic acid and thiamine. A lot of soy and minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and calcium.

#7

This is a very useful product for humans. Soy consumption improves metabolism, protects the heart muscle, prevents cancer, improves digestion, strengthens bone mass, improves blood circulation and reduces the risk of diabetes.

#8

Approximately 85% of the world’s soybean crop is processed into soybean oil and soybean meal. The rest is processed in other ways or eaten whole.

#9

If you think that sunflower oil is the most popular and produced oil in the world, then you are deeply mistaken. The most popular oil in the world is palm oil. And after him comes soy. Soybean oil can be of three types

  1. Cold pressed (the most valuable, as it retains most of the nutrients).
  2. Unrefined (has an extended shelf life, but nothing can be fried on it, since carcinogens are formed when it is heated).
  3. Refined (odorless, but frying on it is also impossible because of the same carcinogens).

#10

Soybean meal is a by-product of processing soybeans into oil. Approximately 97% of the world’s soybean meal is used as livestock feed. Currently, soybean meal is the largest source of protein feed in the world.

#11

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This is a versatile product. Soybeans can be processed to provide a texture, flavor and appearance that mimics many other foods. For example, soybeans are one of the main ingredients in many dairy substitutes (eg milk, margarine, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, etc.) and meat substitutes. They are also used to make soy nut butter, a substitute for peanut butter.

#12

The most famous cheese that uses soy is the famous Tofu. It has a neutral taste, which allows it to be universally used in cooking. It is believed that more than 2,000 years ago, a Chinese chef accidentally created this cheese when sea water got into mashed soybeans, causing them to curdle.

#13

They make ink out of it. Unlike traditional oil-based ink, soy-based ink is environmentally friendly and makes paper recycling much easier. At the same time, unlike traditional oil-based ink, soy ink takes much longer to dry.

#14

Henry Ford, who showed great interest in agriculture, developed a number of new ways to use crops in industry. By the early 1940s, the Ford automobile company was using soybean oil instead of petroleum to produce some of the plastics in its vehicles. In 1941, Henry Ford made the soy-hemp car. Chemist Robert Boyer, who worked for the Ford company, managed to create a material based on soy and hemp. Body parts were stamped from this material – fourteen body panels. The car was presented at the Dearborn Days exhibition. The New York Times predicted that Ford would sell “soy cars” as early as 1943, but his plans never came to fruition, largely due to the ongoing World War II.

This concludes our article, dear readers. We hope you enjoyed the interesting soy facts presented in this post.

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