Soybean Oil

What is Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil or soy oil is the oil extracted from soy beans. [1]

Soy Oil Manufacturing Process

To produce soybean oil, the soybeans are cracked, adjusted for moisture content, rolled into flakes and solvent-extracted with commercial hexane. The oil is then refined, blended for different applications, and sometimes hydrogenated. Soybean oils, both liquid and partially hydrogenated, are exported abroad, sold as "vegetable oil," or end up in a wide variety of processed foods. The remaining soybean husks are used mainly as animal feed.

Is Soybean Oil Healthy?

Soy oil may be consider unhealthy because of the manufacturing process. The soybean oil production process uses Extreme heat , chemical solvents, bleach, and Deodorizers. [3]

Over 90% of soybeans are genetically modified according to the USDA. [4]

Genetically Engineered (GMO) Labeling Requirements

According to the FDA, the FDA has required additional labeling of food derived from a GE source where it found that compositional differences resulted in material changes. Soybean oil containing higher levels of oleic acid than conventional soybean oil must be labeled "high oleic soybean oil". Also, soybean oil containing significant levels of stearidonic acid must be labeled "stearidonate soybean oil" because stearidonic acid is not found in conventional soybean oil. [2]