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Benefits of Soy Milk

As the taste of commercial soy milk improves more and more people are drinking it as enjoyment. But many people drink soy milk for the added health benefits. So what are the benefits of drinking soy milk as compared to cow's milk?

Benefit 1: Soy milk contains only vegetables proteins

Vegetable proteins have the advantage that they cause less loss of calcium through the kidneys. It is known that a diet rich in animal (and dairy protein) creates a higher risk for osteoporosis.

Benefit 2: Soy milk contains no lactose

About 75 percent of the world population cannot tolerate lactose. Some ethnic groups are more affected than others. For example 75 percent of Africans and 90 percent of Asians have lactose intolerance.
As an additional benefit, soy milk contains the prebiotic sugars stachyose and raffinose. These prebiotic sugars boost immunity and help decrease toxic substances in the body.

Benefit 3: Fewer people are allergic to soy milk

Only 0.5 percent of the children are allergic to soy milk, whereas 2.5 percent is allergic to cow's milk.

Benefit 4: Soy milk reduces cholesterol

The saturated fats in cow's milk are unhealthy and increase your cholesterol. The protein in cow's milk has no benefits for the cholesterol. Soy protein can decrease cholesterol levels. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration of US) confirms that soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart. The FDA recommends to incorporate 25 grams of soy protein in your daily meals.

Benefit 5: Soy milk contains no hormones

Cow's milk contains natural hormones (from the cow) but also synthetic hormones, which can influence the good working of our own body. The synthetic hormone rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) increase milk production by as much as 20 percent.

Benefit 6: Soy milk does not cause insulin dependent diabetes

Although no general consensus exists among scientists, some studies have shown an association between drinking cow's milk in early life and the development of insulin dependent diabetes. This association does not exist with soy milk.

Benefit 7: Soy milk is rich in isoflavones

The presence of isoflavones is the most important and unique benefit of soy milk. Each cup of soy milk contains about 20 mg isoflavones (mainly genistein and daidzein). Cow's milk does not contain isoflavones. Isoflavones have many health benefits including reduction of cholesterol, easing of menopause symptoms, prevention of osteoporosis and reduction of risk for certain cancers (prostate cancer and breast cancer). Incidents of these cancers are very low in countries with high intake of soy products, including soy milk. Isoflavones are also antioxidants which protect our cells and DNA against oxidation.

Comments

Soy PRODUCTS vs Soy MILK

I hate how people assume that soy products and soy milk are the same.
Listen, ANY over processed food is bad for you. Over eating on ANYTHING AT ALL is bad for you! Period! But that doesn't mean that soy milk is. I drink soy milk every day... pretty much at every meal! I love chocolate soy milk and it makes me feel better about myself since I can't drink regular milk all the time or I get sick.
The studies done on soy milk have come up with SOME bad side effects, but the numbers of those participants that had bad side effects were so small, and it's even possible that something else in their body could have just not agreed with soy! With all the problems with human health these days, someone could have gotten sick from something else that was already dormant within them, but since they're on a soy milk diet, they blame it on the soy milk. It's actually very good for you, and it's VERY nice for the lactose intolerant.

veggiehugger - 28 October 2013

chemical additivies in soy milk

Soy milk had nothing to do with whatever cause your acne to breakout. It is something to do with preservative, colour, artifical synethics vitamin D or A in it. Lots of soy milk nowadys in supermarket are all have chemical additivies in it that same goes to cow milk which our body cannot absorb. Many people allergies to cow milk because the way it produced boil into high degree to kill all the bad bacteria as well the good one left with no enzymes & added with all this artifical synehics vitamin D. The best way is learn how to look at the ingredients.Look for organic one without nasty additivies or make your own soy milk. There machine you buy to make your own.

Lyn - 11 November 2013

almond milk, goat milk

Thought I'd post something that has been beneficial to me, my diet, and my skin health. I've eliminated all dairy from my diet, and currently use almond milk, or goat's milk for cooking/eating. neither of which have any artificial hormones or lactose.

guest avoiding cows milk - 11 November 2013

soya

soya drink without milk can it cause heart burns ulcers and riflux pls advice.

salim saleh - 20 March 2014

Help!

Does soy milk kill systemic parasites in humans?

Jeffrey van Vogt - 26 April 2014

Soy Milk for Diabetic/Cardio Issues

I finally stopped drinking cow's milk after years of bloating and LDL around 130...Soy milk taste great! Question is I've heard soy milk could cause breast cancer and endocrine issues. Is this right or am I being a "chicken little". Also, do they also mean MEN for breast cancer or just women?

Charlie - 08 July 2014

Pl. let me know the quantity of soy milk we can consume in a day i am 59 yrs old & my husband 70 yrs He is diabetic and i have blood pressure

Arundhati - 22 September 2014

umm goats milk is still dairy @ the person who said they have eliminated ALL dairy -giggles-

Goat milk = dairy - 11 December 2014

Too much soy milk?

I was just wondering if there's any health risk of drinking too much soy milk? I generally buy 4 (1.5L) jugs and I go through it every 3 to 4 days. I get a little big of help from my two sisters, but I mostly consume the most. I'm a vegetarian (no meat of any kind, including fish). Damm stuff is too addicitive.

Soy Milk Guy - 21 January 2015

Too much soy milk?

The FDA approved a health claim that 25 grams of soy protein a day may help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Depending on the help you get from your sisters, I guess that you drink about 1 liter soy milk per day, which represents about 30 grams of soy protein. This is certainly not too much soy milk. If the soy milk is fortified (with calcium or vitamins), please make sure that you don't get too much of these.

Rob - 21 January 2015

Soymilk

Can i ask one question.
Are the Children allowed to drink soymilk

regina mutagurwa - 17 February 2015

Aluminum contamination

Does soy milk contain high levels of aluminum?

Thomas - 15 March 2015

Soy milk benefits

Goats milk has no lactose. Maybe thats why the person mentioned it. If u have had breast cancer u cant have soy.

the regal begal - 06 April 2015

Mrs

We trying to reduce my husbands sugar levels si have switched to soya milk (among other dietary changes). Trouble is when we add soya milk to hot drinks tea coffee etc it curdles is this normal please

Maggie gray - 13 April 2015

mrs

Since I used soy milk my health has improved because I had allergies and was not aware that it was escalated by cow s milk. Soy milk is a remedy for alcers because if I drink it subsides.

mf moisa - 25 April 2015

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