The Benefits of Soybean Oil: A Well-Balanced & Versatile Oil

Soybean Oil for Health

Health professionals have long regarded soybean oil, commonly labeled as vegetable oil, as a healthy cooking oil. Food manufacturers have also regarded soybean oil for its versatility and competitive pricing. The neutral flavor and well- balanced fatty acid profile of soybean oil make it a desirable ingredient for a variety of applications from baked goods to salad dressings.

 

Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration’s July 2017 authorization of a qualified health claim confirming soybean oil’s ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, consumers will now begin to see heart-healthy labeling on bottles.

 

Reduced Risk of CHD

The new health claim that will appear on labels of qualified soybean oil and soybean oil- containing products* states: “Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons (20.5 grams) daily of soybean oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. To achieve this possible benefit, soybean oil is to replace saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains [x] grams** of soybean oil." 1

“Lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, like those found in soybean oil, will lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease.”

- Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease, A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association, June 2017.

 

Favorable Fatty Acid Profile

Most soybean oil is made with U.S.-grown soybeans and has a favorable fatty acid composition, containing 0 grams of trans fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 1 tablespoon serving. It is one of the few non-fish sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.2,3 The alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in soybean oil is the principal source of omega-3s in the U.S. diet.4 Omega-3s affect cardiovascular health and may reduce blood pressure.5 Find more information in our guide to Soybean Oil Innovations.

 

 

*Qualified products have a minimum of 5 grams of soybean oil per reference amount customarily consumed.1

**Gram amount varies by product.

1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Soybean Oil and Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease." July 31, 2017. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/UCM568508.pdf

2. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

3. Blasbalg TL, Hibbeln JR, Ramsden CE, Majchrzak SF, Rawlings RR. “Changes in consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the United States during the 20th century.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2011; 93:950-62.

4. PM Kris-Etherton, Denise Shaffer Taylor, et al. “Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the food chain in the United States.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Jan; 71 (1) 1: 179S-188S.

5. “Omega-3 fatty acids.” http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids#ixzz2dygJvVyU. University of Maryland Medical Center. 2013.