The Plentiful Products of the Soybean Plant

Soy and Health

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says foods containing soy protein may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). The soy health claim is based on the FDA's determination that 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing blood cholesterol levels. To get the heart-healthy benefits of soy protein, the FDA recommends that consumers incorporate four servings of at least 6.25 grams of soy protein into their daily diet for a total of at least 25 grams of soy protein each day. Today there are many different foods that contain soy. Look back at the glos-soy-ry for some examples of foods, or click here.


For more information about soy foods, along with health benefits and how soy affects those with diseases or allergies, click here.



Non-Food Products

Soy proteins, oils, and resins can be commercially manufactured to make everyday products! Here are some examples!


Body Care

Unique lotion and sun screens are made with soy protein.



Soybean candles are cleaner-burning than traditional candles. With no sooty residues, these soybean oil-based candles have a lower melting point, so they burn cooler. This allows their long-lasting pleasant aromas to quickly fill the air.

Soy Candle photo courtesy of John Ong


Multi-purpose cleaners are made from soybeans. They claim to be great for cleaning paint brushes, and removing paint, grease, and tar from a variety of surfaces.



Shampoos are manufactured specifically for the cosmetic industry. Soy protein provides nutrients for hair without harmful chemicals or "by-products." Most are formulated for dry and chemically treated hair. Shampoos can also be used as a skin cleanser and conditioner.



Desks and dressers are made from recycled materials along with a soybean biocomposite made with soybean resin.

Recycled furniture photo courtesy of Veronica Olivotto

Follow some of these links to see more non-food products made from soy!



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