Is Soy a Bean?

I know they’re called soyBEANS, but is soy actually a bean?

I know they’re called soyBEANS, but is soy actually a bean?

The Short Answer

Yes, soy is a bean.

The Long Answer

Soybeans are legumes. The bean of its pod is what we call soy or soya.

A legume is fruit-bearing plant. The fruit of a legume grows in the form of a pod. Within that pod, there are seeds, much like any fruit. Those seeds are beans. So, while all beans are legumes, all legumes are not beans.

One important fact to remember with soybeans is that they must be cooked, as raw soybeans are poisonous.

Soy is a very versatile food. It is used in the creation of tofu, soy milk, and a variety of substitutions for both meat and dairy.

Soybeans originated in Eastern Asia, but over 90% of today’s soy production comes from the United States.

 

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Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.