I apologize because I’m sure that this topic has probably been addressed some time in the past, but since we can’t do a search for a word under four letters on this message board, I don’t have much choice. I searched for threads about milk but didn’t come up with much.
I wanted to get some informed opinions on what benefits, if any, there are to drinking soy milk over regular milk (skim or 2% milk being the assumption because of its comparable fat content to soy milk … skim milk probably actually has less fat than some brands of soy milk). Is there really any health-related benefit for someone who isn’t lactose-intolerant to drink soy milk? I’m not entirely sold on the taste but my mom buys the stuff now and I wonder why. I tell my mom she’s silly to listen to anything the nutty “nutrional digest” newsletters usually say, and that she’s finally gone too far. I mean, these mags go on about how cow milk is a health epidemic that’s at the root of heart disease, organ failure, and diabetes. It’s almost like they villify regular milk right up there with soft drinks. My mom isn’t lactose-intolerant, but I have a feeling she believes too much of what she reads from these things. I’ve compared the nutritional contents of various brands of soy milk to that of skim milk and tend to find soy milk is generally higher in fat, lower in protein and potassium, but equal to or lesser in sugars/carbs. Many brands of soy milk, however, are vitamin-enriched beyond the standard A & D found in milk, but I don’t think that comes from the soybean since the vitamin content varies from brand to brand. Many soy milks don’t have any vitamins at all, while some read like the label on a pack of multivitamins. A lot of the soy milks make a big deal out of the high isoflavone content (a phytoestrogen which continues to be investigated as a supplement for the prevention of cancer).
I don’t even consider it the stuff milk, since milk only comes from the mammary gland of an animal. As famed comedian Lewis Black would say, it’s soy JUICE. So, anyone who isn’t a member of the Soybean Farmers Union want to tell me why someone would ever want to drink this stuff unless they can’t digest milk and dairy? I can’t imagine that anyone would drink it for the taste.