What Is Soy?

What is soy?


A lot has been said about the health benefits of soy, but many people don’t understand what soy is or where it comes from. There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around the Internet, and it’s important to know the truth as you look for healthier alternatives.


What Is Soy?


Soy, as a dietary product, is a protein derived from soybeans. Soybeans originated in East Asia, but are now produced in the United States on a large scale. Cooked soybeans are frequently eaten in the United States as a side dish called edamame.


Protein extracted from soybeans is used in many meat and dairy substitutes. These include tofu, soymilk, and a variety of soy-based yogurts.


In the United States, most of the soy crop is used to create animal feed.  The remainder is processed into a vast array of food products and soybean oil, which is used in food production and the creation of soy wax. After soybean oil is extracted, the leftovers are then processed to create isolated soy protein, which is used in many dietary supplements and shakes.


Why Is Soy Good For You?


Soy candles are good for you and the environment. They burn clean and don’t produce harmful toxins. They’re a sustainable, carbon neutral way to create ambiance in your home.


Soybeans contain a large variety of nutrients that make them an amazing superfood. They contain large amounts of copper, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, vitamins B2, B6, B1, and K among other nutrients. They also contain a large amount of protein, making them a great food for vegetarians and vegans who need to get protein outside of traditional meat.


Soy has been shown to have strong cholesterol-lowering effects in several studies. However, as with all food and environmental elements, individuals have different reactions.


Why Are There Concerns About Soy?


There are several reasons that people express concerns about soy. One is that, in its super-processed isolate form, it can have a negative effect on some people. Actually, this is common with all processed food. Many things that start out healthy can be processed so much that they end up having a negative impact on our bodies.


The good news is that, in thousands of scientific studies, it’s been shown that soy does not affect the balance of zinc and nitrogen in the body, nor does it inhibit the retention of calcium, magnesium, copper, or other minerals.


In candles, soy produces a candle that burns longer and without carcinogenic compounds, such as toluene and benzene. Compounds like these can aggravate asthma, cause allergic reactions or irritate the respiratory tract, according to researchers at South Carolina State University.


Thanks to the internet, today’s shoppers are smart shoppers and realize that many candles claiming to be “soy” are actually paraffin candles with a small percentage of soy wax mixed in.  Those in the know will look for a paraffin-free guarantee to ensure that the candle they purchase is as healthy and clean as they would expect from a 100% natural soybean candle.


For fun recipes and information about soy candles, visit Milkhouse Candles online. We look forward to hearing from you!