Difference between Soya Chunks and Soya Granules

Key Difference: Both soya chunks and soya granules are made from soy bean. They are also known as textured or texturized vegetable protein (TVP). The only difference between soya chunks and soya granules is that soya chunks are bigger in size, while granules are smaller.

Both soya chunks and soya granules are made from soy bean. Soybean, also written as soya bean, is a type of legume, similar to lentils, peas, peanuts, as well as kidney beans and other beans. Soybeans are actually native to East Asia, but are quite popular all around the world.

While both soya chunks and soya granules come from soy bean, they are not actually directly made from soy. Both are a byproduct of making soy oil. Once the soy oil is extracted, what is left is the soy flour. This soy flour is then defatted converted into soya chunks and soya granules. However, while more than 50% of soya chunks and soya granules are made from soy flour, it can also be made from cotton seeds, wheat, and oats; which is why is it officially called as Textured or texturized vegetable protein (TVP). It is also sometimes called as textured soy protein (TSP) or soy meat.

TVP, soya chunks and soya granules, whatever one calls it, is very high in protein. In fact, it has higher protein content than meat, which is one of the primary sources of protein in an average diet. They are also a lot cheaper than meat. Due to this, soya chunks and soya granules make an excellent alternative to meat, especially in vegetarian and vegan diets. They come dehydrated, and need to be rehydrated or roasted to be eaten. In their dehydrated form, they can be stored for up to 12 months at a time. This is another reason, why they are a good source of protein intake, especially in third world countries, where most people cannot afford meat.

 Both soya chunks and soya granules are essentially the same. They are two different forms of TVP. The only difference between the two is their size. As the name suggests soya chunks are bigger in size than soya granules. Soya chunks are about the size on a fingertip, whereas soya granules are about the size of tiny pellets, similar to sprinkles. Also, in addition to chunks and granules, textured vegetable protein is also available as flakes, nuggets, grains, and strips.

Comparison between Soya Chunks and Soya Granules:


Soya Chunks

Soya Granules

Type of

Textured vegetable protein (TVP)

Textured vegetable protein (TVP)

Made from

Soy flour

Soy flour

By product of

Making soy oil

Making soy oil

Source of




Bigger than soya granules. Some almost the size of a fingertip.

Smaller than soya chunks. Almost the size of grains.

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they can be stored for up to 12 months AT a time. :D spelling mistake thanks for sharing the difference

Hey, thank you for pointing out the spelling mistake and for the appreciation.

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