soy beansThis fact sheet provides basic information about soy—uses, potential side
effects, and resources for more information. Soy, a plant in the pea family, has
been common in Asian diets for thousands of years. It is found in modern
American diets as a food or food additive. Soybeans, the high-protein seeds of
the soy plant, contain isoflavones-compounds similar to the female hormone
estrogen. The following information highlights what is known about soy when used
by adults for health purposes.

Common Names—soy

Latin Names—Glycine max


What It Is Used For