8 facts you should know about soy milk
Soy milk has so many health benefits, plus it tastes delicious. But there is so much to this nutritious dairy alternative that many people don’t know.
From the specific health advantages of drinking soy milk, to how easy it is to make, to how much money you can save by making your own soy milk at home instead of paying much more at the store – there are simply so many facts that more people need to know about this fantastic soybean byproduct.
So, with that in mind, we’ve put together this quick list of eight facts and tidbits about soy milk that you may not yet know. Hopefully, you will be convinced that it’s time to give it a try and make some of your own from the comfort of your home kitchen.
1. Soy milk can be made from home
Fans of soy milk may not know that it’s entirely possible to make it themselves at home.
The process of making it yourself is pretty straightforward. All it takes is enough soybeans for soaking and then mixing with water. If you have a pound of soybeans, then you should be able to make about 1.8 gallons of soymilk.
Though the process of making the milk does take a good chunk of time, the actual process of making basic soy milk is not at all complicated.
2. It’s the most nutritious alternative to cow’s milk
For people wanting to keep a close watch on their daily nutrition, soy milk is the answer. In fact, it is the most nutritious alternative to cow’s milk when it is compared directly to the other alternatives that are available.
When compared to traditional, low fat cow’s milk, soy milk is much more comparable than other alternatives, such as almond, rice and coconut milk.
Why is this the case? Because soy milk contains each of the nine essential amino acids, has plenty of protein and has a balanced combination of fats and carbs. With most other milk alternatives, protein is lacking. But that’s not the case with soy milk. There are seven grams of protein in one cup of organic, unsweetened soy milk.
3. Amino acids in soy can help keep your heart healthy
The ingredients that make up soy are why soy milk is so nutritious. Let’s go over a few of those ingredients, starting with essential amino acids, and how they can help your body when introduced as part of a regular diet.
Amino acids come with a variety of health advantages. Combined with isoflavones, which we will cover next, these amino acids can lower LDL cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.
4. Soy milk can promote better bone health
Traditional dairy products are lauded for their bone health benefits thanks to high levels of calcium. However, did you know that soy milk also helps improve bone health?
Some studies have shown that soy milk does in fact help increase bone density and decreases the chances of developing osteoporosis. This is due to the soy-based isoflavones found in soy products that are known to carry with them many other health benefits.
5. Isoflavones have many other health advantages
The isoflavones found in soybeans have so many more health advantages than just bone health alone.
Isoflavones can be helpful for people who deal with hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. By consuming soy milk, those with high blood pressure can begin to see lower blood pressure levels.
And, for women suffering from symptoms of menopause, some research has shown that isoflavones can reduce the severity of those symptoms, including hot flashes. Scientists have found evidence that isoflavones can reduce both the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
6. Soy milk can help you achieve your weight loss goals
Thanks to the fact that it has less sugar than cow’s milk, soy milk can be very helpful for people looking to cut sugar out of their diet, something that can lead to better weight loss results.
Cow’s milk has 12 grams of sugar per cup, while soy milk only has seven grams of sugar per cup. The lower sugar levels is why there are only 80 calories in a cup of soy milk, which is similar to skim milk.
There are also monounsaturated fatty acids in soy milk, which can keep fat from being absorbed by your intestines. That, too, is beneficial for people seeking to drop a few pounds.
If that isn’t enough, soy milk also packs enough fiber per cup to keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.
Each of these benefits combined point toward soy milk as being a good solution for weight loss and closely monitoring better nutrition.
7. There are many more varieties of soy milk than traditional dairy milk
For those who appreciate variety, especially in flavor, soy milk has many more options than cow’s milk.
Here in the United States, consumers are able to purchase (or make themselves) flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. There are sometimes seasonal offerings at stores. Soy milk made at home allows for more flavor experimentation, too.
But did you know that internationally, such as in Japan, there are many other flavors of soy milk much more widely available to shoppers. Some of those more adventurous flavors include cherry blossom and black sesame seed.
8. Save money by making your own soy milk
Finally, you should know you can save a lot of money by making your own soy milk at home instead of buying it in a store.
At the end of the process, you will probably spend about $0.95 to make a gallon of soymilk, not including the cost of any things you will need, such as equipment, to make the milk.
On the other hand, a gallon of soy milk bought at a store could easily run you $5 or $6.
That’s quite a lot of money you can save if you commit to making your own soy milk.
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