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How bad is soy milk?



Dear Angelina,

Isoflavones are similar to the hormone estrogen and are supposed to be beneficial in preventing some cancers and osteoporosis.

Isoflavones are plant chemicals that may act like estrogen but probably account for soy's protective effect against hormonally driven cancers (especially when soy is part of the diet from early childhood).

Soy milk is not a good source for calcium, but it is high in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. It doesn't have as much as cow's milk so it is important to look for a brand that is fortified with calcium.

Both Cow and Soya may be bad even Rice milk, it will depend mostly on the milk makers and additives.

The typical Okinawan Diet has the highest consumption of soy in the world and lives to be the oldest in the world. Some traditional soy-rich Asian diets are associated with lower risks of breast and prostate cancer than western diets.

You can make an All-Natural Almond Milk, a rich and creamy alternative to cow's, soy, and rice milk with raw almonds and a good blender.

Critics of soy allege that it is bad for the thyroid, can cause cancer, Alzheimer's disease and mineral deficiencies.

None of these sensational claims has ever been proven.

Based on the weight of available evidence, soy is safe and nutritious when eaten in relatively whole and unrefined forms in reasonable amounts (a cup of soy milk, a half cup of tofu, tempeh or green soybeans or roasted soy nuts).

Soy milk provides all the benefits of cow's milk,without the butterfat, which is unhealthy, the milk protein (casein), which can increase mucus production and irritate the immune system in some people, and milk sugar (lactose), which can cause digestive distress if you lack the enzyme that breaks it down.

Soy milk is made by soaking dried beans in water, grinding them, heating them in water, pressing them, and straining the milk.

Soy milk makers for home use are widely available, and people who use them say fresh, homemade soy milk is much better tasting than packaged products. And it will have no additives.

When buying soy milk avoid brands of soy milk that contain the thickening agent carrageenan, gelatinous extracts of the Chondrus crispus seaweed that have been used as food additives for hundreds of years.

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