Soybean, (Glycine max), also called soja bean or soya bean, annual legume of the pea family (Fabaceae) and its edible seed.
Soybeans or soya beans can be used to make flours or various soy products including soy protein, tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, and soybean oil. Oil can be extracted from both the seeds and pods and the byproduct of the extraction is used as an animal feed. The oil from the plant is used in products such as paint, linoleum and soap.
Soybeans contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that are linked to various health benefits.