You may be aware that there is large variety of food products that can be made from soybeans. But did you know that there are more than 20 non-GMO soybean food products currently in development at University of Arkansas Department of Food Science? With the majority of funding coming from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, students and professors in the program are working hard to develop food products made from soybeans grown right here in the state of Arkansas. Recently we sat down with Dr. Hettiarachchy, a professor and researcher in the department of food science and learned about the large variety of products she and her students have been developing.
My research area is mostly in bioactives that fight against cancer, obesity, diabetes, and also the Alzheimer’s and heart disease. So that’s the basic research focus area. Some of the products include roasted and freeze-fried soybeans, canned vegetable soybeans, cookies, dips, as well as soy milk, yogurt and tofu. According to Dr. Hettiarachchy, soy milk, canned soybeans and the roasted freeze-dried beans, will be the first of the Arkansas soybeans products that you may be seeing in your supermarkets very soon. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county extension office.