The soybean, sometimes also known as soya bean, originated in southeast Asia
farmers were the first to grow the plant in about 1100 B.C.
According to an ancient Chinese legend, the soybean's nutritious value was first discovered by a couple of traveling merchants approximately 5,000 years ago
Around 2838 B.C., the soybean was discovered as a useful ingredient for medicinal purposes.
Soybeans are rich in many nutrients
The British settlers brought soybean seeds from China and planted them in the colony of Georgia in 1765
According to the Ganyard Hill Farm website, the United States grows approximately 70 million acres of soybeans every year.
The soybean has officially been declared a cholesterol-lowering food item
Some of the most commonly used and found soybean products in the market include soy meal, soy flour, tempe, tofu and soy milk
Soy sauce, which is used in many cuisines, particularly Asian, is also made from soybeans.