Soy or Soybean (Glycine max
) is a species of the family Fabaceae
, or family of legumes. It is cultivated for its seeds, medium oil content (being an oleaginous plant) and high protein content. Soybeans and their by-products (Soybean oil and flour) are used in human food, livestock and poultry. It is marketed all over the world due to its multiple uses.
Soy is a food very rich in protein.
- It is composed of 40% protein and 20% oil.
- The rest of its content is composed of 35% carbohydrates and about 5% ash.
The cultivars comprise approximately 8% hull, 90% cotyledons and 2% hypocotyl or germ axes.