SOYBEANS – Healthy Meals and Biofuels – Uses Across Industries

SOYBEANS – Healthy Meals and Biofuels – Uses Across Industries

Soy is a popular legume of Asian origin. Soybeans are healthful and rich in protein, giving them numerous nutritional uses. People can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of supplements. 

Soybeans are a high-protein plant food that people can prepare and eat in a variety of ways. They belong to the pea family. 

Soybeans come in many colours, including: 

  • Green soybeans: Young green soybeans are also called edamame. People can steam them and eat them out of the pod as an appetizer. Shelled edamame is also available in salads, stir-fries, and soups. 
  • Yellow soybeans: Producers typically use yellow soybeans for large-scale production. It includes soy milk, tofu, tempeh, and tamari. They also play a role in the production of soy flour for baking. 
  • Black soybeans: Several Asian food cultures use simmered or fermented black soybeans in traditional dishes. 

PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS 

Soy is a complete protein. This means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. It is an important source of protein for many people, especially those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. Some research suggests that including soy in the diet could have several potential health benefits. 

  • Managing obesity 
  • Reducing breast cancer risk 
  • Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes 
  • Treating osteoporosis 

(Source)

USES ACROSS INDUSTRIES 

Food and Beverage industry 

Tofu, soybeans

Soybeans enable manufacturers to replace possible carcinogens and satisfy consumer demand for sustainable, environmentally-friendly products. Some of them are: 

  1. Cooked soybeans 🍵

Once cooked, soybeans are used in various recipes, including soups and sauces. Cooking or fermentation neutralizes some components that are hard to digest such as Lectin, Saponin, and Peoctase. 

  1. Sprouts  🌱

Soybean sprouts are popular in Asian/Oriental dishes. Used in various recipes such as soy sauce, in soup, mixing with rice, or as a fresh salad.  

  1. Edamame 🥗

Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans, found in cuisines with origins in East Asia. Typically served as a snack or appetizer added to soups, stews, salads, and noodle dishes, or simply eaten as a snack. 

  1. Soy milk 🥛

Soy milk is a lactose-free dairy substitute with health benefits on its own. High on Vitamin B, omega-3 fatty acids, and a great source of calcium. 

  1. Tofu 🍢

Tofu is made from pressed soy milk. Highly demanded protein source, low in calories but high in good fat, vitamins and minerals.  

  1. Soy nuts 🌰

A crunchy snack made from mature soybeans that have undergone the process of being soaked in water, drained, and baked or roasted. They are rich in fibre and nutrients. 

  1. Meat alternatives 🥓

Plant-based meats have been rising in popularity due to the demand for healthier more sustainable meat substitutes with the same or even higher nutrients. It can be in a form of burger patties, sausages, bacon, and more.

  1. Textured Soy Protein 🔸

Can be found in form of chunks, slices, strips, and more. Perfect for weight-loss diets. Textured vegetable protein ensures the necessary protein intake to prevent muscle breakdown while providing few calories. 

  1. Isolated Soy Protein 💪

Soy protein isolate in a form of a powder is a great alternative to whey protein. This no dairy product, it’s widely used by vegans and athletes with lactose intolerance or milk allergy. 

  1. Soya Bean flour 🥐

Made from crushed soybeans soya bean flour can be combined with other types of flour to manufacture other backed goods or used as a thickening agent in cooked dishes. 

  1. Soy Yogurt 🥛

Soy yogurt aims to provide a vegetarian or vegan alternative to the regular yogurt; prepared from Soy Milk. 

  1. Soy Sauce  🍣

Soya or Soy sauce is a condiment of Chinese origin, traditionally made from a fermented paste of soybeans. Very popular in Asian cuisine, used as an ingredient, compliment, or just by itself. The types of sauce can be Tamari, Shoyu and Teriyaki, and more.

  1. Soybean Oil 🧴

Vegetable oil extracted from soybean seeds, mostly used for frying and backing or condiment for salads. Also used for oil paint formulations, parenteral nutrition, and insect repellent. 

Animal Feed 

Soybean meal

Soybean meal is the most crucial protein source used to feed farm animals. It represents two-thirds of the total world output of protein feedstuffs, including all other significant oil meals and fish meals. (Source) 

  1. Soybean Meal🐔: Most important protein source used to feed farm animals. In the EU-28, soybean meal represented 61% of the proteins used to feed livestock, and poultry diets.
  1. Petfood🥫:  Soy products are a superb source of bodybuilding protein, coat-nourishing vegetable oil, and healthful fibre for cats and other pets. (Source)

Industrial/Energy Industry 

Checkoff-supported research has demonstrated that soy works as a cost-competitive replacement for petrochemicals in manufacturing. As a result of their structure, further uses of soybeans in different industries are: 

  1. Biodiesel production 🛢️

Soybean oil is currently a major feedstock for the production of biodiesel, the residue of this process oil extracting is soybean meal, which will be used for animal feed.

  1. Tire production 🚜

Soybean oil allows for greater flexibility at lower temperatures. It provides better traction in the cold, a perfect fit for the production of all-weather tires. Goodyear has three tire lines produced with soybean oil! (Source).

  1. Coatings 🖌️

Soybean oil’s chemistry also contributes to film hardness, durability, and impact resistance, which allows formulators to produce high-performing paints and coatings (Source).

  1. Paints 🎨

The hydrophobic nature of soy increases the water resistance, and adds hardness, making paint durable and impact resistant (Source).

  1. Solvents 🧼

Concerns about the environmental impact of chemical cleaners increased the demand for bio-based solvents. Methyl soyate, a methyl ester derived from soybean oil, is the key ingredient or carrier solvent in eco-friendly formulations. 

  1. Plastics 👝

Biodegradable soybean plastics are disposable food service and tableware products and packaging, including grocery and trash bags. They can be produced from soybean protein and are sensitive to high temperatures and humidity or water.

  1. Lubricants ⚙️

Soybean-based lubricant is used as a base for rust/corrosion-preventive formulations to protect metals against corrosive effects of other elements, moisture, and weather.

  1. Adhesives 〰️

The soy-based adhesive is a water-resistant thermoset adhesive that is comparable in strength and performance to urea-formaldehyde-based adhesives, made from soy flour and resin.


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