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Uses of Soybeans

Soybeans are consumed both directly as human food products and processed into meal and oil for use in both for human food and animal feed applications.

Consumption of soybeans as a food is largely concentrated in Asia, particularly China, Japan and Indonesia, and are either used directly as a whole seed or are processed and incorporated as a high protein ingredient into food like tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy cheese or other products. While this accounts for a relatively small percentage of the overall market (6%), it is still significant in volume terms, and particularly, value.

The vast majority (85%) of soybeans are processed into soybean meal and oil. Approximately 98% of soybean meal is further processed into animal feed, with the balance used to make soy flour and proteins. Of the oil fraction, 95% is used in edible applications, with remainder used for industrial products such as fatty acids, soaps and biodiesel.

Traditional Foods Produced from Soybeans
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Uses of Soybean Meal (Author: Sarah Willis)
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