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Why You Should Drink Milk Instead Of Drinking Soy

All types of milk are good, just not soy.

Dairy can actually be a little more beneficial than soy, not to mention that it’s more affordable, available in a variety of flavors, and tastes great. There are a few health reasons for drinking dairy, including high levels of vitamin D, low levels of saturated fat, low levels of lactose, and more calcium. You can also get more calcium from soy in smaller quantities. It’s best to choose a calcium-fortified dairy product when you are pregnant or trying to gain a few pounds.

* <1 gram of calcium with 1% milk can't actually keep you alive, but 3,000 mg a DAY (1 cup) would.
So why do we use soy in margarines, spreads and so forth? Is soy simply cheaper than dairy in America? If it is so, I’m sure my country has some of the least expensive soy in all of the globe!

Coconut Oil vs Soy and Soy Fats

One of the things that often gets thrown out is the idea that soy is simply cheaper, especially in the U.S. where it is commonly sold in the form of soymilk. Soy isn’t quite as cheap in the U.S.  However, if you do look at the average cost of soy vs. the difference in cost between soy and dairy, you’ll see that, on average, soy takes a long time to make from soybeans and can be expensive to prepare and store in some cases. Here’s another way of looking at this: one cup of soy contains around 4 grams of protein – one cup of soymilk has around 1 gram.

The bottom line is that the average American would only take in about 1/4-1/2 of the protein in a cup of soymilk, yet pay more because they want to avoid all those extra calories. If anything, soy-based foods are more filling and can be better for your health than soymilk. Some people even say that you can actually eat soymilk, but you might not want to go very far with that idea until you put on some pounds. 

What about those health claims?  A cup of soymilk is full of nutrients and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids.

According to Dr. Richard Eisenecker, a researcher at the Institute of Food Technologists in Seattle, Washington, “One cup of soymilk will have about as much protein as 3 medium egg yolks. One cup of whole wheat or soymilk contains about 40% of protein of a slice of whole-wheat bread.” In another article, the article goes further when they say that soymilk is “a complete source of essential nutrients that the body needs all the time. Soybeans are the food of the future and with the introduction of the soymilk, all of the nutritional characteristics of soy foods should be more easily realized. For example, it is very hard to get enough protein in a person’s diet and yet soymilk is easier to digest and has greater than 20 grams of vitamin A found in only half of a cup of soy bean.”

How does Soy Compare to Calcium Phosphate?

A more expensive calcium phosphate (sometimes called rock salt) is available in an ingredient package of many grocery stores (or online retailers like Amazon), but there are many types of calcium and phosphate in a cup of soymilk. For those who use the calcium phosphate for sprinklings on vegetables and salads, it has the advantage of being easy to purchase and not as expensive as soy.