In an earlier incarnation, I covered the soybean futures market on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) for Reuters. In learning about the beans I was amazed at all their uses. In fact, the CBOT also offers futures markets in soybean meal and soybean oil, products which originally were crushed from the beans. So, I was not surprised when I encountered tofu for the first time that it was yet another superb soybean product.
New University of California Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression.
Edible fats and oil consumed in the U.S. Source: USDA
Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock, soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In all likelihood, it is not healthy for humans.
It certainly is not good for mice. The new study, published this month in the journal Endocrinology, compared mice fed three different diets high in fat: soybean oil, soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil. Continue reading →