The Mighty Soybean

In processing, soybeans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled and rolled into flakes. This ruptures the oil cells for efficient extraction. After removal of the soybean oil, the remaining flakes can be processed into various edible and industrial soy protein products or used to produce protein meal for animal feed.

The soybean’s protein and oil find their way into many edible and industrial products. The soybean’s components can be used for everything from chocolate candy coating to plastics and shampoo.

Approximate Composition of a Soybean:

  • 40% Protein
  • 20% Oil
  • 17% Cellulose
  • 7% Sugars
  • 6% Ash
  • 5% Crude Fiber
  • 5% Misc.