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What is soy milk?

glass of soy milkSoy milk is made by soaking soybeans, grinding them with water. The fluid which results after straining is called soy milk. You can make soy milk at home with basic kitchen tools or with a soy milk machine. Soy milk is most commonly found in aseptic cartons. Most of the soy milk available in the market is flavoured and fortified with extra calcium or vitamins. The most popular flavours are vanilla and chocolate. Some producers add thickeners to their soy milk to give it a mouth feel of cow's milk. Traditionally, soy milk has a beany taste which is well accepted by the Chinese, but less by the Western palate. By using correct processing techniques, this beany taste can be reduced or eliminated. Recently, with the recognition of its health benefits and with its improved flavor and texture, soy milk has now a high and rising acceptance.
Sometimes, use is made of protein isolates from soy bean which are mixed with water, oils, sugars, stabilisers to give it a milky appearance. This type of product is not as wholesome as real soy milk. In Europe, legislation prohibits soy milk manaufacturers to label their product as soy milk. Often they use the denomination soy drink.

Making your own soy milk

In China and Japan fresh soy milk is made daily using a simple, centuries-old process of grinding soaked soybeans and pressing the soy milk out of the beans. There, soy milk is sold by street vendors or in cafes. Soy milk is served hot or cold and is often flavored with soy sauce and vegetables to produce a spicy soup. Many people find the cost of commercial soymilk to be prohibitive and make soy milk at home. They soak and crush soy beans and filter the liquid, which is soy milk. Some have invested in a soy milk machine that cooks and grinds the soy beans and makes soy milk, fresh in your own home. There are different brands of soy milk machines on the market (Miracle Soy Wonder, SoyJoy Automatic Soy Milk Maker, SoyToy Soy Milk Machine, Soyapower). You don't need these machines to make good quality soy milk, but they make life easier and give a high yield.

Nutritional values of soy milk

Plain soy milk is very nutritive: it's an excellent source of high quality proteins, isoflavones and B-vitamins. Soy milk is free of the milk sugar (lactose) and is a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. Also, it is a good alternative to those who are allergic the proteins of cow's milk.

Comments (19)

Nasty additivies to watch for in soy milk
There nothing wrong with soy milk but be aware soy milk nowdays sell in market are all chemical additivies into it especially watch out for preservatives, colour, flavour & most of all artifical synethics vitamin A or D added into it. That what make people have problem & allergies to drink such soy milk. Learn to look what the ingredients in it. Look for organic & no nasty added. The best way is make your own soy milk at home.
#1 - Meyoko - 10/20/2013 - 16:10
intresting subjest... as i started drinking soya milk and since then i have had hot flashes and now gona stop drinking it
#2 - blonde3y - 10/23/2013 - 12:03
SOY MILK VS MILK
I TRIED BAKING CHO CHIP COOKIES.. AND DIDN'T HAVE REG MILKE SO I USED THE VAN SOY MILK.. HMMMMMMMM MY COOKIES RAN AND I MEAN RAN ALL TOGETHER AND MADE ONE BIG FLAT OILY COOKIE.. BUT THE CHIPS STAYED IN THE MIDDLE WHERE EACH COOKIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN.. COULD THIS HAVE BEEN CAUSED FROM THE SOY MILK???
#3 - DINSCO - 11/11/2013 - 08:57
SOY MILK VS MILK
Replacing cow milk with soy milk will not cause the problem you describe. Is looks as if you used to little meal or too much fat.
#4 - Rob - 11/11/2013 - 08:58
can i drink a lot of soya milk in a day
can i drink a lot of soya milk in a day?
#5 - Crol - 11/16/2013 - 12:45
can i drink a lot of soya milk in a day
There is no recommended daily intake for soy milk. You can drink one or two cups a day, and occasionally more.
#6 - Rob - 11/16/2013 - 12:45
can i drink a lot of soya milk in a day
You can take how much you want, till now there are no side effects in taking soya milk, In my case i take every day almost half liter of soyamil in morning by skipping the Break fast, i am doing this routine from last 8 months and didnt feel any bad....
#7 - chefsecrets2 - 11/16/2013 - 12:46
Reduce weight with soy milk
Hai every body, ya consuming soya milk, but obviously there will be reduce in body weight, cause soya milk when compared to any other milk has low fat and high protine.
Protines help to get the body reguired energy, so the diet will be controlled.
It is 100% natural way to reduce body weight.
regards.
#8 - laxmany1975 - 11/17/2013 - 09:22
Cooking with soy milk
I would like to know if u can bake or cook with soya milk

#9 - Bev - 11/19/2013 - 07:57
Cooking with soy milk
Yes, you can cook with soy milk. To replace cow milk use plain natural soy milk. Some soymilk is flavoured with vanilla, which is OK if you make custard pudding or other sweet desserts. Maybe you have to add a bit more salt if the soymilk is unsalted (because cow milk also contains natural salt).
#10 - Rob - 11/19/2013 - 07:58
Silk Soy Milk
I have been drinking White Wave Silk Very Vanilla Soy milk and it is delicious. The best tasting milk period. It tastes like a milk shake and I really love it. So drinking soy milk doesn't have to be unpleasant.

The nice thing about Silk products is their probably the most environmentally sound on the planet. They use organic soy beans that have not been genetically engineered. They use wind power as their energy source. What a terrific company!
#11 - xoxo - 11/20/2013 - 07:55
Soy milk and gout
It is safe to drink, even you have the history of GOUT Arthritis?
#12 - leo c. areola - 11/26/2013 - 08:33
Soy milk and gout
There is indeed a widely-held belief that consumption of soy milk increases the risk of gout or induces gout attacks. But a recent review study conducted at the Loma Linda University concluded that "although there is a need for long-term research, on the basis of the existing data there is no reason for individuals with gout or at risk of developing gout to avoid soyfoods." They took data from six epidemiologic studies and found no evidence that consumption of soyfoods is associated with uric acid levels, hyperuricemia or gout.

Reference: Messina et al. Soyfoods, hyperuricemia and gout: a review of the epidemiologic and clinical data. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2011;20(3):347-58.
#13 - Rob - 11/26/2013 - 09:01
Make soya milk by soya flour
i want to make soya milk by soya flour,please tell me recipe.

regards
arash
#14 - arash - 06/23/2014 - 08:54
Make soya milk by soya flour
Yes, you can make soya milk with soya flour, but the taste will not be that good and colour will be darker than from soya milk made from whole soya beans.
Procedure: For each cup of soya flour boil 3 cups of water. When the water boils add the soya flour while stirring all the time. Continue to boil for about 30 minutes at low heat. Filter this mixture through a cheese cloth placed inside the colander. Cool down and refrigerate.

#15 - Rob - 06/24/2014 - 09:12
Mr
Highly informative website on soya you've got going. Please will like to know if i can get a better commercial soya milk using dehulled fullfat soya flour that is homogenised without filtering. Thanks.
#16 - Matthew Akwawa - 07/28/2014 - 09:44
Mr.
Hello

I must tell you that both me and my wife suffer from High blood Pressure and Diabetics & cholesterol.

1. If we use it instead of skimmed milk will it be OK?
2. Can we have ice cream made out of Soya?

The more information you give us it will be better.

Thanks so much,
Godfrey Lentini.

#17 - Godfrey - 07/30/2014 - 11:35
High protein diet
I am on a hight protein low carb no fat diet. Can I drink soya milk without is hindering my weight loss?
#18 - Mia - 10/29/2014 - 18:39
mrs
Can I give home made soy milk to my baby 2month old?he is not allowed to drink any milk he is lactose intolerance. Thanx
#19 - Shebe - 10/31/2014 - 10:54
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