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Is soy milk better than cow milk?

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Answered 2012-08-17 19:10:44

It depends on who you ask. Many people who have never tried soy milk think it is gross just by the sound of it. Personally, I think soy milk is great. Either way, everyone will have their preferences. But for being a vegan, soy milk is really good to get that really-similar-to-milk taste. And many brands come in different flavors, like chocolate and strawberry soy milk, too. (Personally, I like Silk soy milk the best, also because it's easy to get at most supermarkets!)
== == == == Soy milk isn't better for you in any particular way, it is simply an alternative to milk. Soy milk is nutritionally close to cow's milk, though most soya milk commercially available today is enriched with added vitamins such as vitamin B12. It naturally has about the same amount of protein (but not the same proteins) as cow milk. Natural soy milk contains little digestible calcium as it is bound to the bean's pulp, which is insoluble in a human. To counter this, many manufacturers enrich their products with calcium carbonate available to human digestion. Unlike cow's milk it has little saturated fat and no cholesterol, which many consider to be a benefit. Cow milks calcium is also very difficult to digest in a human stomach and there is evidence to suggest that drinking to much cow milk can aggravate osteoporosis. Soya products contain sucrose as the basic disaccharide, which breaks down into glucose and fructose. Since soya doesn't contain galactose, a product of lactose breakdown, it can safely replace breast milk in children with Galactosemia. As a side point it can safely be said that soy milk does not taste identical to cows milk. In fact in can taste a bit strange when you first start drinking it, but, like most things that are new to you, your taste buds adapt and it becomes highly enjoyable and palatable. Many people who consume just soy milk find that milk is suddenly unpalatable. Controversially a lot of soy bean production causes massive deforestation in the rain forests. As most soy beans are used in the cattle industry (one the the main source of CO2) it can be argued that if cattle-for-food was stopped this deforestation problem would be removed. == == There are no proven studies to indicate that soy is healthier. Some people enjoy it. Even Starbucks serves soy products and they are delicious.

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