Types Of Soybeans And Their Uses

Types of soybeans and uses

Soybeans are a high protein plant food that can be used and eaten in a wide variety of forms.

They are similar to peas as they are from the same family. People who are vegetarians and vegans typically use soy-based products to replace meat.

Soy-based products have many nutritional uses as you can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of supplements.

There are 3 types of soybeans such as:

● Green: Edamame is called the young green soybeans. They can be eaten as an appetizer, in salads, stir-fries, and soups.

● Yellow: This type of soybeans are usually used to make soy milk, tofu, tempeh and tamari. They are keys to the production of soy flour.

● Black: Very popular in Asian food culture as they are a key ingredient in many traditional dishes.

In Everbest, an established Malaysia vegetarian food manufacturer, only uses Non-GMO yellow soybeans imported from Canada. GMO stands for ‘genetically modified organism’.

Non-GMO Soybeans are soybeans that are not genetically modified and therefore safer and healthier for consumption.

Common Types of Soy-based Products

Meat Substitutes

Soy-based products are designed to substitute meat in vegetarian and vegan diets. They are typically made from soy protein, tofu and other ingredients.


Miso is a rich, salty East Asian condiment. It is made from soybeans, grain and salt. It is combined with a mold culture and aged for at least one year.


Another soya bean product that has been mixed with a grain and a mold culture, fermented, and pressed into a block or cake.

Textured Soy Protein

These products are made from textured soy flour. Vegetarian food manufacturers in Malaysia, such as Everbest sells them in chunks or granules, and take on a chewy, meat-like texture when rehydrated.

A great example is Everbest Textured Soy Series where you can find great substitutions for meat, chicken and fish.


Without a doubt, tofu is one of the most popular soy-based products. Soymilk is used to make tofu. The process is similar to cheese. Soy-based products that are less processed are the most healthful options. Some examples include:
● Tofu
● Tempeh
● Edamame
● Soy nuts
● Soy milk
● Cooked soybeans

Benefits Of Eating Soy-Based Products

1. Lower Cholesterol Level

Soy-based products are low in saturated fat and high in protein, vitamin C and folate. They are also a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and thiamine.

That’s the main reason why soybean-based products help get a healthful cholesterol level, lowering the risk of heart disease.

Studies have shown that consuming soy-based products can reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the arteries.

2. Lower Blood Pressure

It is important to know that eating food products made from soybeans is the perfect way to increase your plant protein.

Research indicates that including more plant protein in your diet, as opposed to more carbohydrates, can help lower your blood pressure.

3. As Meat Protein

As mentioned, soya food products are a good substitute for the protein that is obtained from consuming meat.

Soy-based products can be good substitutes for animal products because soy offers a complete protein profile. They also contain amino acids that are essential in the production of insulin in the body.

4. Obesity and Diabetes

Soya food products are a great option for people trying to lose weight and for people with diabetes.

As you might already know, diabetes is a serious medical condition and including soy-based products in your daily diet not only controls obesity but also helps balance the sugar level in the body.

Soy-based products can be the perfect food choice for diabetic patients.

In a Nutshell

As you can see soy-based products have many uses, especially as a meat protein. Besides, they have amazing benefits. No matter if you are a vegetarian or meat-lover, including soya foods in your diet is a healthy decision.

And the best part is that they taste delicious too! Remember, soya foods must be included as part of a varied and healthy diet. To know more about soy-based products, get in touch with us.