Infant Formulas, Soy-Based
Soy-based infant formulas are similar to other infant formulas except that a soy protein isolate powder is used as a base, instead of cow’s milk. Carbohydrates and fats are added to achieve a fluid similar to breast milk.
Extracted from soybean oil, lecithin is used in food manufacturing as an emulsifier in products high in fats and oils. It also promotes stabilization, antioxidation, crystallization and spattering control. Powdered lecithins can be found in natural and health food stores.
Meat Alternatives (Meat Analogs)
Meat alternatives made from soybeans contain soy protein or tofu and other ingredients mixed together to simulate various kinds of meat. These meat alternatives are sold as frozen, canned or dried foods. Usually, they can be used the same way as the foods they replace. With so many different meat alternatives available to consumers, the nutritional value of these foods varies considerably. Generally, they are lower in fat, but read the label to be certain. Meat alternatives made from soybeans are excellent sources of protein, iron and B vitamins.
Nondairy Soy Frozen Dessert
Nondairy frozen desserts are made from soymilk or soy yogurt. Soy ice cream is one of the most popular desserts made from soybeans and can be found in natural food stores.
Soy cheese is made from soymilk. Its creamy texture makes it an easy substitute for sour cream or cream cheese and can be found in variety of flavors in natural foods stores. Products made with soy cheese include soy pizza.
Soy Fiber (Okara, Soy Bran, Soy Isolate Fiber)
There are three basic types of soy fiber: Okara, soy bran and soy isolate fiber. All of these products are high-quality, inexpensive sources of dietary fiber.
Okara is a pulp fiber by-product of soymilk. It has less protein than whole soybeans, but the protein remaining is of high quality. Okara tastes similar to coconut and can be baked or added as fiber to granola and cookies. Okara also has been made into sausage. Look for okara in natural food stores.
Soy bran is made from hulls (the outer covering of the soybean), which is removed during initial processing. The hulls contain a fibrous material which can be extracted and then refined for use as a food ingredient.
Soy isolate fiber, also known as structured protein fiber (SPF), is soy protein isolate in a fibrous form.
Made from roasted, whole soynuts, which are then crushed and blended with soyoil and other ingredients, soynut butter has a slightly nutty taste, significantly less fat than peanut butter and provides many other nutritional benefits as well.
Soy yogurt is made from soymilk. Its creamy texture makes it an easy substitute for sour cream or cream cheese. Soy yogurt can be found in variety of flavors in natural foods stores.
Whipped Toppings, Soy-Based
Soy-based whipped toppings are similar to other nondairy whipped toppings, except that hydrogenated soyoil is used instead of other vegetable oils.