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Advantages and disadvantages of Soy Milk

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The only thing you could assume to drown your cereal in is whole cow's milk. Now, cow's milk comes in all types of varieties: whole milk, 3 percent, 2 percent, skim (fat-free), and even lactose-free milk. For people with an allergy or dietary concerns, there are also other choices to cow's milk.  Soy, rice, almond, and coconut "milk" are famous plant-based milk alternatives. They're becoming even more available in stores across Switzerland. Goat's milk is common in stores in Switzerland but is another ideal choice for some people. Each kind of milk has its advantages and disadvantages. It depends on a person's health, nutritional needs, diet, or personal taste preferences. Soy milk originates from soybeans and filtered water. Like various plant-based milk alternatives, it may contain thickeners to increase consistency and shelf life.

Advantages of Soy Milk

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You should add soy milk in your diet as a source of protein. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, soy protein aids to lower levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. Each cup of bitter and plain soy milk contains 7 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Soy contains all nine essential amino acids unlike many plant-based proteins, which contain few, but not all of the amino acids you need in your diet. Your body connects these amino acids into new proteins, including antibodies vital for the structural proteins that hold your tissues together, immune system function, and enzymes that aid your cells to produce energy. It’s an ideal source of vitamin B-12, vitamin A, protein, potassium, and Moreover, it can be fortified with calcium and vitamin D. It accommodates as much protein as cow's milk, yet is lesser in calories than whole milk and about equal to the calories in 3 percent or 2 percent milk. It also has very little saturated fat.

Disadvantages of Soy Milk

However, various types of soy milk do have a major nutritional disadvantage because of their sugar content. Added sugars raise your calories without offering nutritional value and boost your risk of cardiovascular disease. Select bitter soy milk to reduce added sugar — it contains just a few grams of naturally occurring sugars and no added sugar. Vanilla and chocolate flavored soy milk, in contrast, contain 22 and 9 grams of added sugar per serving, respectively. Soy is a popular allergen for both adults and children. Too much soy may be a problem for children with thyroid conditions. Most of the soy produced in Switzerland comes from genetically modified plants, which is a concern to some.