Soy Curls vs. TVP vs. Soya Chunks

The main difference between Soy Curls vs. TVP is that Soy Curls contain the entire soybean while TVP is made of defatted soy flour. Soy Curls also have a strip-like shape, while TVP is most commonly available in a large grain shape.

There’s often confusion about Soy Curls versus similar food items like textured vegetable protein (TVP), textured soy protein (TSP), Soya Chunks, Soy JOCK, and similar soy-based products. If brevity is your thing, only Butler Foods Soy Curls™ are soy curls, but let’s review the differences between the similar products and when each may be best used.

Soy CurlsStripsSomewhat neutral, slightly toasty aromatic flavorLarge range, from dense/meaty to tender.Encouraging flavor, contains the whole soybean (protein, fats, carbohydrates)
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)Grains, chunks, strips, slicesVery neutralTypically soft, unremarkableTypically made from defatted soy flour, sometimes used as filler for meat-based products like chili
Textured Soy Protein (TSP)Same as TVPSame as TVPSame as TVPMost TVP is actually TSP
Soya ChunksSmall chunks, nuggets, pattiesSomewhat neutralCan be tough or spongyGreat shapes available; more common outside USA
Soy JOCKThin slicesVery neutralVery chicken-likeThe most similar texture to thinly sliced chicken, but they don’t hold their own on the plate like a Soy Curl

Why Use Soy Curls?

Soy Curls are a unique plant-based alternative that offer both taste and texture. Unlike other options, Soy Curls have a natural, unprocessed toasted cereal grain-like flavor that can shine when simply seasoned. Additionally, their versatility in texture allows for a range of dishes, from dense and chewy to velvety and tender. With Soy Curls, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious and wholesome plant-based meal every time.

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