HEARTY & HEALTHY

HISTORY OF THE SOYBEAN AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING OUR FOOD

Soybeans are often called the miracle crop because of their great nutritional value. They provide vegetable protein and oil, and can be grown in a wider variety of soil and climatic conditions than any other major world crops.

The green soybean plant is a legume that is related to peas, peanuts and alfalfa, and is included in the category of oilseed. Soybeans are the third most valuable crop in the world, and the number one in versatility. ​

​HISTORY OF SOYBEANS

Soybeans originate from China. Soybeans with four other plants (rice, wheat, barley, and millet) were named sacred by Emperor Shen-Neng of China in 2853 BC.

It was between 11th and 17th century BC that soybean plants were cultivated into a food crop in eastern China.

Soybeans spread to other countries such as Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal and India via the establishment of sea and land routes in the first century AC to the Age of Discovery.

In the early 1800’s, the first soybean arrived in America aboard a ship. But it was not until 1879 that farmers in America started planting soybeans. Soybean plants flourished thanks to the hot and humid summer weather conditions in the United States. 

During World War II, the US government raised soybean popularity. They asked farmers to grow more soybeans to help feed wartime America and its allies. During this time, the US production of the miracle crop tripled. 

And while the soybean has been consumed for centuries in many countries, it was not until the 1960s that it began to emerge as a common food source. 

Now the market for soybeans has gone global. The soybean processing industry has arisen throughout Asia and has spread to the Middle East, North Africa and throughout America. Without a doubt, the use of soybean products has continued to expand worldwide.

Soybeans are now more popular than ever, thanks to their versatility as a food. The nutritional value offered by soybeans is great because they contain fibre, zinc, iron, protein, calcium, and they are low in saturated fat and besides having zero cholesterol.

FACTS ABOUT SOYBEANS

Soybeans are a type of legume that can be eaten whole or processed. Many vegetarian food is made of soybeans. Whole soy products are the least processed and that include soybeans and immature green soybeans, also known as edamame.

Another popular soybean food product is bean curd skin. Bean Curd Skin has similar texture and flavor to some tofu products.

With bean curd sheets, you can do many dishes like Ring Rolls.

Ring rolls are purely made from bean curd skin and it’s best eaten with soup based dishes. It can also be eaten with hot pot or ramen.

You can find these healthy soybean products from vegetarian food manufacturers in Malaysia, such as Everbest. ​

Soybean products can easily replace meat as a protein source. In fact, one cup (172 grams) of soy provides 29 grams of protein, which is of great nutritional value.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian in Malaysia, go for soybean food products such as Vegetarian Fish Balls, Vegetarian Teo Chew Duck, Vegetarian Mock Duck, Vegetarian Chicken Meat, and Vegetarian Hong Kong Barbeque to replace animal protein.

SOY SUPPLEMENTS

You may also find soy protein isolate in many protein powders, protein bars and shakes. ​

IN A NUTSHELL

Soybeans offer several benefits, such as improving cholesterol level, fertility outcomes and menopause symptoms, so feel free to eat whole or fermented soy foods.

Moreover, soybeans reduce health risks because they contain good fat and they are a great source of Isoflavones. Studies have shown that Isoflavones lower the risk of breast and endometrial cancer.

The best way to find soy products is through vegetarian food suppliers in Malaysia or Malaysia vegetarian food manufacturers, such as Everbest. In Malaysia, you can easily find frozen vegetarian food that is delicious, healthy and convenient, so there are no excuses not to include soy in your diet.

Remember soybeans help you stay healthy, vibrant and happy.