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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to chomp on that ingredient you just can't seem to get away from.  That's right; it's Soybean Day!  Let's get right into celebrating Soybean Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well first of all, some people love soybeans so much that they purposely consume soy products every day of their lives. And on the other side of things there are people who don't try to eat soy products but they do anyway because soy keeps popping up in the ingredients list. So when there is something that is so commonly eaten and is such a big part of all of our lives then it's only right to celebrate it for at least one day. So why not today? Soybeans are legumes that originally came from East Asia and commonly pop up in the ingredients lists of random items as soybean oil. But they are also a cheap, non-animal source of protein and are used to create things like soy milk and tofu. And who can forget soy sauce? These magical legumes are about 40% protein, 35% carbohydrate, 20% oil and about 5% ash. Mmm, ash! But when you see percentages like that, you can see why we use it in the ways we do.

But don't eat these babies raw because they are toxic until you cook them with what is called a "wet heat". You have to kill off the trypsin inhibitors or you're going to be in some trouble! Soybeans were first introduced to the United States in 1765 thanks to Samuel Brown after he visited China. They even helped us regenerate our soil after droughts during the Great Depression, because soy plants tend to fix the nitrogen levels in the soil. Heck, by 1935 Ford was painting their cars with soybean oil and using it as fluid in their shock absorbers. Now that's a handy way to use some soy, huh?  How do you like your soybeans?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, this will be an easy celebration even for the laziest of CeleGREATERS and here's why. Just go about your day today, eating as you normally do, but pay attention to the ingredients in everything you eat. Once you find something that contains a soy product that you happen to be eating then throw your hands in the air, do your best celebration dance and yell, "SOYBEANS!!" You have just celebrated... great job!  But if you want to dive a little deeper into soy products then why don't you go shopping around for some soy products you never ate before? Have you ever had soy milk or tofu? If not, then go try some! Have you ever had a burger made out of soy? I know I haven't! But what about regular old soybeans; have you ever eaten them before? It might be worth a shot today!  But maybe some of you have a green thumb and really want to show your appreciation for these wonderful legumes and want to bring more soybeans into the world yourself. If that's the case, then maybe you should look into how to care for soybean plants and then get some growing supplies and get on into it! Wouldn't it be nice to have your own personal soybean plant on your windowsill?  Have a great day and enjoy the greener things in life!





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