ST. LOUIS, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers seeking locally sourced products can easily find one in an everyday pantry staple – vegetable oil, which is primarily 100 percent soybean oil made from soybeans grown in the U.S. Sales of vegetable oil support more than 550,000 U.S. soybean farmers who strive to leave the land in better shape than they found it for America's next generation of farmers.
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"I work hard to help produce an ingredient that I am proud to serve to my own family, as well as families across the U.S.," said United Soybean Board (USB) Chairman Bob Haselwood. "Every time you purchase vegetable oil, or soybean oil, you're supporting local farmers." Haselwood produces soybeans on his farm in Berryton, Kansas.
Many retailers sell soybean oil primarily produced with U.S.-grown soybeans. This past summer, USB partnered with a large Midwest grocery retail chain with 200+ stores to emphasize the importance of knowing where food comes from and educate about the benefits of soybean oil. During this promotion, unit sales of the store brand vegetable oil rose more than 27 percent over the same time last year, and shoppers commented that they were more likely to purchase soybean oil knowing it's a U.S.-grown product.
U.S.-grown soybeans are an inherently sustainable crop and produced using environmentally friendly practices. Domestic production of soybeans results in a shorter supply chain, reduced transportation costs and a lower carbon footprint for oil bottlers and food manufacturers.
Soybean oil is a versatile ingredient used in cooking and baking that contributes 0 grams of trans fat, is high in poly- and monounsaturated fats, and contains just 2 grams of saturated fat per serving. It's also one of the few non-fish sources of omega-3s in the U.S. diet and a primary source of vitamin E.
To determine if vegetable oil is 100 percent soybean oil, check the ingredient label on the back of the bottle. For more information, visit SoyConnection.com/USGrown.
About the United Soybean Board
The United Soybean Board is a farmer-led organization comprised of 70 farmer-directors. USB oversees the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. For more soy and health information, including recipes, visit www.SoyConnection.com.
SOURCE The United Soybean Board