When many of us think of soy products we instantly think natural and healthy. Many consumers overlook soybean oil within a list of ingredients, assuming it has similar benefits to other soy products, which are known to be good sources of protein.
In fact, according to the survey Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition 2008 (by the United Soybean Board): As of 2007, 85 percent of consumers perceive soy products as healthful.
However, soybean oil can have negative effects on your health. For example, soybean oil in processed foods is often hydrogenated, which makes it a trans fat and can raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. Trans fats have also been linked to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, reproductive problems, and heart disease. Such products are often appealing because they have longer shelf lives; however, their health risks often outweigh their potential benefits.
Consumers should also be aware that the majority of soy grown in the United States is genetically engineered, therefore it is exposed to high levels of pesticides, which can have harmful effects on human health.
In conclusion, processed foods should always be consumed in moderation and soy in its natural form is the best form for your diet. As a consumer do not be misled by marketing.