Soymilk is the New Milk. Or Is It?

Who hasn’t heard about soymilk? National TV ads and the marketing bandwagon have made it a renowned name in recent times. With so much information about soymilk, it is natural for consumers to think whether they should replace it with cow’s milk or not. What are the advantages of soymilk? Will it do any potential harm to the family? Can everyone adjust to its different taste? If you have concerns about soymilk, read on to get vital information about the product and its pros and cons.

What is Soymilk?
Soybeans are soaked and grinded with water. The fluid that results after streaming it is called soymilk.  Soymilk can be easily made at home or you can purchase it from your local grocery stores. Most brands offer flavoured soymilk, wherein vanilla and chocolate are the popular options. However, plain soymilk is considered to be more nutritive. It contains high quality proteins, B-vitamins and isoflavones. It is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant as the milk is sugar- (lactose) free. It is also a good option for those who are allergic to the proteins present in cow’s milk.

Should You Replace It with Your Daily Cow’s Milk?
The arguments about the health effects versus the side effects of soymilk are never-ending. While some argue that it is an excellent choice for vegans, others believe that cow’s milk is still a more viable option, as soymilk is known to have certain unsafe ingredients.

Pros of Soymilk

  • Since soymilk is unsaturated and has zero cholesterol, it helps in improving your blood lipid profile
  • As it contains less sugar than cow’s milk, soymilk can help in weight loss. It is also easier to digest than cow’s milk 
  • As per a study, consuming 25 grams of soy protein every day can reduce your risk of a heart disease
  • Soymilk is known to prevent prostate cancer in men and prevent postmenopausal syndromes in women 
  • While some of the nutrients are similar to cow’s milk, soymilk also has high quality protein - about 8 grams in a cup of milk. The other nutrients include calcium, vitamin A, B-12, D, phosphorous and riboflavin 

Cons of Soymilk 

  • Studies show that soymilk can negatively impact fertility in men
  • It also increases thyroid hormone activity
  • While the Chinese have accepted the taste of soymilk, Indians still prefer the good old taste of real milk!
  • Many studies have also found that soymilk can be connected to increased risks of breast cancer among women

What’s the Verdict?
With so many conflicting views on soymilk, it is natural for consumers to feel confused about this alternative to real milk. As long as you consume soymilk in moderate amounts, you have nothing to worry about.  Medical Insurance in India is now focusing towards good health and wellbeing of their customers and advising people to avoid processed food and opt for natural and healthier options instead.

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