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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 (11)

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.

#1 - veggiehugger - 10/28/2013
chemical additivies in soy milk
Hello there

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.
#2 - Lyn - 11/11/2013
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.
#3 - guest avoiding cows milk - 11/11/2013
soya drink without milk can it cause heart burns ulcers and riflux pls advice

#4 - salim saleh - 03/20/2014
Does soy milk kill systemic parasites in humans?
#5 - Jeffrey van Vogt - 04/26/2014
Can diabetic patients drink soya milk?
i would like to konw that diabetic patients can drink soya milk?

best regards
#6 - arash - 07/05/2014
Can diabetic patients drink soya milk?
Of course you can drink soya milk on condition that it is not sweetened with added sugars.

Soya beans have a very low glycemic index, making them an important ingredient of a healthy diabetic diet. Soya products such as soymilk and tofu are also rich in antioxidants that can improve insulin and blood sugar metabolism. A recent study published in Journal of Renal Nutrition concluded that soya milk consumption was associated with better blood pressure control among diabetic patients with nephropathy.
#7 - Rob - 07/06/2014
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?
#8 - Charlie - 07/08/2014
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
#9 - Arundhati - 09/22/2014
Soy Milk bought from those selling taho
Buying Soy milk from kuyang magtataho is better than with those in the market. The one they sell in roads is purely soy milk and without additives
#10 - dONA - 12/09/2014
umm goats milk is still dairy @ the person who said they have eliminated ALL dairy -giggles-
#11 - Goat milk = dairy - 12/11/2014
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