Soybeans are now everywhere but it looks like they began somewhere in East Asia. The Chinese have been cultivating soy as a crop for thousands of years and there is some evidence that soy was recognized as a food in the wild far back into history before record keeping. We owe another debt to the Chinese for discovering the techniques to ferment the soybean so it can be made in other forms such as soy sauce. And, Tofu is a Chinese invention dating back to the second century. Here, it is the primary ingredient in a Soy smoothie recipe.
Soybeans made it to Europe in the mid 1700s and to the U.S. a century later. In the U.S., soybeans began to be cultivated on a large scale in the 1940s and now there are about 75 million acres devoted to soybeans producing an estimated 3 billion bushels worth more than forty billion dollars. Soybeans are mostly grown in the states of Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Soybeans are a very nutritious food. It is rich in vitamins B6, and K, Iron, Calcium, Choline, Zinc, Potassium and Magnesium. It is considered to be a substitute for animal products because the bean provides what is called a “complete” protein profile. For more information on soybeans, follow this link.
And, here is a really good soy smoothie recipe that makes very good use of soy, strawberries, and peaches too.
In your favorite blender mix:
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup peach slices
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- Ice to taste