Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the soybean (Glycine max). It is one of the most widely consumed cooking oils. As a drying oil, processed soybean oil is also used as a base for printing inks (soy ink) and oil paints.
There has been much hype about it being a healthful oil, but there’s more to soybean oil than what’s advertised on product labels. It could be very problematic to use in cooking, due to factors such as hydrogenation and the presence of genetically engineered varieties.
Part of the problem with partially hydrogenated soybean oil is the trans fat it contains. The other part relates to the health hazards of soy itself. And an added hazard factor is the fact that the majority of both corn and soybeans are genetically engineered.
As mentioned above, the good balance of fatty acids contained in soybean oil means that the body can get the important and necessary fatty acids in their diet, including those which regulate cholesterol levels.
Some lactose-intolerant folks drink it because they want a milk substitute. Some health-conscious people drink it because they think it is the “heart-healthy low fat option.” And some vegans drink it because they don’t want to drink cow milk.
Soy is no laughing matter. Aside from containing antinutrients which are natural toxins, it has a number of alarming compounds that may put your total health in peril.
- Soy contains goitrogens which lead to depressed thyroid function.
- It also contains phytates which prevent absorption of life enhancing minerals.
- It is also loaded with phytoestrogens which sometimes block the hormone estrogen and have adverse effects on human tissues!
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Health Advice Team