One of the most complete sources of protein available, soy has been a major component of the human diet for thousands of years. Useful in a variety of applications – from soups to salad dressings, from breads to breakfast cereals, and from pastas to pet foods, to name just a few – its versatility is matched only by its beneficial properties.
Vegetable sources of protein, in general, contain lower amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol than meat sources, and they have enjoyed increased popularity in recent years because they also tend to contain fats beneficial to humans. Beyond that, soy protein is actually a “complete protein” that, while providing all of the amino acids essential to human nutrition, has also been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol and promote a healthy heart when consumed in diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Soy protein’s PDCAAS rating – a method of evaluating protein quality based on a combination of the amino acid requirements of humans and their ability to digest it – means that it is a more complete source of protein than some meats, cereals, or legumes available today. In addition, soy requires less agricultural intensity and is less expensive to grow than animal proteins.
As a world leader in soy proteins, ADM is at the forefront of protein formulation and food processing and is the premier self-contained, full-line manufacturer of soy proteins. Our extensive line of soy proteins including isolates, concentrates, TVP® (textured vegetable protein), TVC® (textured vegetable crumbles), soy flours, and soy grits are all developed within a completely secure and reliable system. Unique from some soy protein suppliers, ADM’s process starts with our own raw soybeans.
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