Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the (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 oil) and oil paints.

Some of the health benefits of this oil include its ability to manage your heart health, lower your cholesterol, improve your immune system, reduce cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, prevent osteoporosis, and improve growth, while also boosting eye and skin health.

This oil is considered healthier than most other vegetable oils due to its good variety of essential fatty acids that the body needs to remain healthy. There are also a number of plant sterols in this seed oil, which can have a wide variety of health benefits on people who regularly include this oil in their diet. The vitamin and mineral content of this oil rounds out the healthy aspects of this delicious and widely useful legume. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of this oil.

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Nutritional Facts of Soybean Oil

Type of AcidPercentage of Total
Saturated Fat15.650%
Monounsaturated Fat22.783%
Polyunsaturated Fat57.740%
Oleic Acid24%
Linoleic Acid50%
Linolenic Acid7%

Health Benefits of Soybean Oil

  • Soybean oil chief poly-unsaturated fats rich vegetable oil. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is the major poly-unsaturated fatty acid found in it. Besides, its low saturated fats, and cholesterol-free status designate it as one of the healthiest cooking oils.
  • This oil, being a vegetable oil, is a good source of plant sterols, especially ß-sitosterol. The FDA has approved the following claim for phytosterols: “Foods containing at least 0.4 gram per serving of plant sterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 gram, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Phyto-sterols competitively inhibit cholesterol absorption in the gut and thereby can reduce blood cholesterol levels by 10% to 15%
  • This oil is a modest sources of antioxidant, vitamin E. 100 g fresh oil has 8.18 mg of α-tocopherol and 64.26 mg of γ-tocopherol. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidan, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucosa and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • The oil has vitamin K in high concentrations; 100 g of oil compose of 183.9 mcg. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteoblastic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Uses of Soybean Oil

  • Salad Dressings
  • Baked Goods
  • Crackers
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Shortening
  • Non-dairy Creamers
  • Potato Chips
  • Mayonnaise
  • Breads
  • Whipped Topping

Disadvantages of Soybean Oil

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This seed oil is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women when used as part of the diet. But the safety of this oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding is not known when used in amounts greater than those commonly found in foods.

Peanut or soybean allergy:

People who are allergic to peanuts, soybeans and other plants that are members of the Fabaceae/Leguminosea family might also be allergic to soybean oil.