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Soybean oil

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

It consists of approximately 86% unsaturated fatty acids with linoleicand oleic being the principal two fatty acids. It exists in hydrogenatedand unhydrogenated forms. 

It is used in shortenings and margarine in the hydrogenated form. It has some use in salad and cooking oils in the unhydrogenated form, but is limited by its tendency to develop undesirable odor and flavor when in contact withair or when heated to frying temperatures. It is also termed soy oil.

Nutritional Value:

Per 1 tbsp of soybean oil:
  • 120 calories
  • 13.6 g fat
  • 1.96 g saturated fat
  • 7.87 polyunsaturated fat
  • 3.17 monounsaturated fat
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • 0 mg sodium
  • 0 mg potassium
  • 0 g carbohydrates
  • 0 g fiber
  • 0 g protein
One tablespoon of soybean oil provides you with 6% of your daily recommended value of vitamin E.

Health Benefits of Soybean Oil:

Soybean oil contains no cholesterol, which makes it a perfect choice for individuals with heart disease or high cholesterol.

The fats in soybean oil are polyunsaturated which have shown to help reduce total cholesterol, lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels and increase HDL or good cholesterol levels.

Soybean oil has omega-3 fatty acids, which have shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, slow the growth of atherosclerotic plaque, slow the risk of arrhythmias or abnormal heartbeats and decrease triglyceride levels.

Soybeans naturally contain antioxidants, which remain in the oil even after it is pressed. These antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by free radicals, which may help prevent certain cancers..

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