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Soybean (Glycine soja or Glycine max), annual legume that is one of the best sources of complete protein, as well as being a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and virtually all other minerals, plus vitamins A, B, and C and lecithin. Most of the world's soybeans are grown in China and the United States. In Asia, the soybean seed is sometimes ground into a meal, fermented, or dried, and used as a substitute for meat. In the United States, soybeans are generally made into oil or ground for animal feed; soybeans are also used in adhesives and for waterproofing and in many industrial products.

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