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Paint-like odor and taste of soybean oil, is this rancidity or just how soybean is supposed to taste?


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Paint-like odor and taste of soybean oil, is this rancidity or just how soybean is supposed to taste?

certifiedhumane | Jul 6, 2012 11:03 PM

Hey good evening guys well I wanted to sit and chat about soybean oil and how crazy it is that this could possibly not even be an edible oil! Basically I am really into food and have been using this brand of organic non gmo soybean oil in my cooking, I believed it to be healthy!
Cut to me reading about the phytoestrogens and such and I knew I had to stop using soy in all of my diet. What was so weird was after I knew this it was as if I "smelled" soybean oil for what it was! I would be constantly opening up my bottle of soybean oil and poking my nose in and smelling, and it reminded me of my old oil painting classes when I was a kid. Then I would go through my dirty laundry and my tshirts would smell heavily of some paint-ish/oily type smell, which was of course the soybean oil coming out of my pores because I was eating alot of it in my cooking!

I guess I just wanted to talk about how crazy our food world is where we have people trying to get us to eat things that aren't really food, cough cottonseed cough canola cough . . . .

I have started researching about the history of soybean oil and have come across some freaky quotes,

"Fifty years ago soybean oil tasted like paint. Today it is tasteless and odor-free and accounts for 75 percent of the vegetable oil sold in the United States. It is used in salad dressings and granola bars, to fry potato chips and french fries, and in 101 other products. It is in many non-food products, from printer's ink to caulking compound to lipstick. Further, after soybean oil is pressed from the bean, the remaining soybean meal is a valuable animal feed.

Most of the research that made soy oil palatable was carried out at the ARS lab in Peoria. A number of reasons were found for its unpleasant taste and smell, including trace metals from iron processing equipment and linolenic acid, a fatty acid naturally present in soybean oil. Equipment was replaced with stainless steel and processes were discovered to remove or inhibit oxidation of the linolenic acid, which occurred when the oil was exposed to air. Better storage improved shelf life. Each discovery made soybean oil better.

The noses and tongues of many ARS employees have been enlisted over the years to evaluate soy oil, both heated and unheated. Some testers chalked up more than 20-years of experience in oil-sniffing. "

Do these crazy people not understand if something tastes like paint why would you want to market this to the whole world and poison them?
Is this really what goes on "out there" with the food business and all of that, trying to make things that really shouldn't be eaten eaten?

I guess my confusion was about whether or not they meant the paint like taste was from rancidity or was this just the way it tasted naturally?
I guess I want to believe that even though soy has phytoestrogens, the whole paint thing is just from rancidity and not the soy itself, that would be pretty freaky because 99% of the people out there are consuming this oil everyday!

What are your thoughts? Is this paint-smell and taste from rancidity or is this just the natural state of soybeans? Is this not insane that someone would try and get this paint-type oil into the bodies of unsuspecting americans?

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