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Soybean vs Soybean meal - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Soybean and Soybean meal?

  • Soybean is higher in Vitamin B2, Selenium, Iron, Folate, and Vitamin B1, however Soybean meal is richer in Manganese, Copper, Vitamin B5, Potassium, and Vitamin B6.
  • Soybean meal's daily need coverage for Manganese is 56% more.
  • Soybean meal contains 5 times less Selenium than Soybean. Soybean contains 17.8µg of Selenium, while Soybean meal contains 3.3µg.

We used Soybeans, mature seeds, raw and Soy meal, defatted, raw types in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Calcium +13.5%
Contains more Iron +14.6%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Contains more Potassium +38.6%
Contains more Copper +20.6%
Equal in Magnesium - 306
Equal in Phosphorus - 701
Equal in Zinc - 5.06
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 84% 589% 200% 302% 159% 1% 134% 553%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 74% 514% 219% 301% 220% 1% 138% 667%
Contains more Calcium +13.5%
Contains more Iron +14.6%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Contains more Potassium +38.6%
Contains more Copper +20.6%
Equal in Magnesium - 306
Equal in Phosphorus - 701
Equal in Zinc - 5.06

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +26.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +246.6%
Contains more Folate +23.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +81.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +59.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +149.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 17% 0% 20% 219% 201% 31% 48% 87% 282% 0% 118%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 3% 0% 0% 0% 173% 58% 49% 119% 132% 228% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +26.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +246.6%
Contains more Folate +23.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +81.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +59.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +149.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Soybean Soybean meal
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Soybean Soybean meal Opinion
Net carbs 20.86g 35.89g Soybean meal
Protein 36.49g 49.2g Soybean meal
Fats 19.94g 2.39g Soybean
Carbs 30.16g 35.89g Soybean meal
Calories 446kcal 337kcal Soybean
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 7.33g g Soybean meal
Fiber 9.3g g Soybean
Calcium 277mg 244mg Soybean
Iron 15.7mg 13.7mg Soybean
Magnesium 280mg 306mg Soybean meal
Phosphorus 704mg 701mg Soybean
Potassium 1797mg 2490mg Soybean meal
Sodium 2mg 3mg Soybean
Zinc 4.89mg 5.06mg Soybean meal
Copper 1.658mg 2mg Soybean meal
Vitamin A 22IU 40IU Soybean meal
Vitamin E 0.85mg mg Soybean
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 6mg 0mg Soybean
Vitamin B1 0.874mg 0.691mg Soybean
Vitamin B2 0.87mg 0.251mg Soybean
Vitamin B3 1.623mg 2.587mg Soybean meal
Vitamin B5 0.793mg 1.976mg Soybean meal
Vitamin B6 0.377mg 0.569mg Soybean meal
Folate 375µg 303µg Soybean
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 47µg µg Soybean
Tryptophan 0.591mg 0.653mg Soybean meal
Threonine 1.766mg 1.952mg Soybean meal
Isoleucine 1.971mg 2.18mg Soybean meal
Leucine 3.309mg 3.66mg Soybean meal
Lysine 2.706mg 2.991mg Soybean meal
Methionine 0.547mg 0.606mg Soybean meal
Phenylalanine 2.122mg 2.346mg Soybean meal
Valine 2.029mg 2.243mg Soybean meal
Histidine 1.097mg 1.212mg Soybean meal
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 2.884g 0.268g Soybean meal
Monounsaturated Fat 4.404g 0.409g Soybean
Polyunsaturated fat 11.255g 1.045g Soybean

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Soybean Soybean meal
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
85
Soybean
63
Soybean meal
Mineral Summary Score
252
Soybean
266
Soybean meal

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
219%
Soybean
295%
Soybean meal
Carbohydrates
30%
Soybean
36%
Soybean meal
Fats
92%
Soybean
11%
Soybean meal

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Soybean meal
Soybean meal is lower in Sugar (difference - 7.33g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Soybean meal
Soybean meal is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.616g)
Which food is cheaper?
Soybean meal
Soybean meal is cheaper (difference - $3.4)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Soybean
Soybean contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Soybean
Soybean is lower in glycemic index (difference - 54)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Soybean - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174270/nutrients
  2. Soybean meal - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172445/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.