Soybeans are one of the most prevalently grown and used oilseeds. Uses range from human foods to animal foods, to industrial products, to ingredients, and to precursor materials. Soybeans contain hormone-like substances called phytoestrogens that mimic the action of the hormone oestrogen and have been associated with beneficial health effects. It contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that are linked to various health benefits. However, concerns have been raised about potential adverse effects.
Eating soybean-based foods may reduce the risk of various health problems, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, coronary heart disease (CHD), some cancers and improve bone health. There are many varieties of soybeans that come in many sizes, shapes, and colors and are used for processed foods such as tofu, miso, and soy sauce.