Benefits of Soy Milk

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.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

8 Replies to “Benefits of Soy Milk”

  1. Originally Posted By yorangotang
    Can soy milk be used like regular milk?

    Yes it can be used but cannot be used in coffee and tea but other wise as a fruit smoothie it can be used daily.
    It can replace milk altogether in people who are lactose tolerant/allergic to milk.
    In Chinese culture,milk is considered as a bad food and only soy milk is used.
    It can be used to make soy yogurt although it does not give the consistency of milk yogurt but gives the same benefits.

  2. Originally Posted By Sheethal
    Please give me some suggestions to use soy milk in recipes..

    Soy milk can be used in various ways in your recipes for eg:
    Heres one
    Creamy Tomato Soup
    1 medium onion, diced
    1 cup soymilk
    1 large tomato, diced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
    1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    1 tsp whole spices
    Sauté onion in sauce pan in oil for 3 minutes or until transparent. Add tomato and garlic, continuing to sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add whole spices, salt and pepper. Blend in soymilk. Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Remove from heat and cool briefly.Remove the whole spices.Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Serve hot or chilled.

    Soy milk can also be used as
    Soy milk over cereal
    Soy milk to make cookies/pan cakes

  3. Originally Posted By sandra
    How to compare the nutrition between infant milk and regular milk? In this site you can view the clear comparision

    Infant formula is an artificial substitute for human breast milk, designed for infant consumption.
    Infant formula is necessarily an imperfect approximation of breast milk because:
    The exact chemical properties of breast milk are still unknown.
    A mother’s breast milk changes in response to the feeding habits of her baby and over time, thus adjusting to the infant’s individual growth and development.
    Breast milk includes a mother’s white blood cells that help the baby avoid or fight off infections and give his immature immune system the benefit of his mother’s immune system that has many years of experience with the germs common in their environment.
    Besides breast milk, infant formula is the only other infant milk which the medical community considers nutritionally acceptable for infants under the age of one year.Infants who cannot receive sufficient human milk to meet their needs be given infant formula to make up the difference. The proteins in infant formulas (whether cow’s milk-based or soy-based) is processed to make them less likely to cause allergic reactions in infants than the proteins in unaltered animal milks. In addition, the vitamin and mineral composition of infant formula is adjusted to resemble that of human milk far more closely than any animal milk. Infant formula is often also fortified with iron, a nutrient that breastfed babies can run low on after the first six months of life, as well as vitamin D, a vitamin needed for proper calcium absorption. Animal milks, on the other hand, are poor sources of iron and only cow milk is required by law to be vitamin-D fortified.

    Whole cow’s milk does not contain sufficient vitamin E, iron, or essential fatty acids, which can make infants fed on cow’s milk anemic. Whole cow’s milk also contains excessive amounts of protein, sodium, and potassium which may put a strain on an infant’s immature kidneys. In addition, the proteins and fats in whole cow’s milk are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb than the ones in breast milk.Evaporated milk may be easier to digest due to the processing of the protein but is still nutritionally inadequate. A significant minority of infants are allergic to one or more of the constituents of cow’s milk, most often the high amounts of lactose (milk sugars) and agglutinin. These problems can also affect infant formulas derived from cow’s milk.

  4. I am a diabetic patient and I am taking 40 units of insulin per day, can you please suggest me some tips where I can reduce my blood glucose level so that I can reduce my insulin quantity.

  5. My scan report says I have fatty liver and enlargement. I have undergone abdominoplasty hernia repair, and uterus removal just two and a half months back.
    since my abdomen is reduced and fat removed will my fat on the liver be the same ? what diet and exercise should I follow? I dont take oily or fatty food by nature . Iam 47 yrs old.

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