20 มีนาคม 2555

Top 6 Benefits of Soy Milk

Top 6 Benefits of Soy Milk 

 

Top 6 Benefits of Soy Milk
Photo Courtesy: Charles Haynes


Soy milk is the in thing nowadays. Go to any supermarket and you will find soy milk fighting for space in the racks. So what exactly is the reason for this sudden surge in its popularity? Well the reason is simple, soy milk is a treasure house of various nutrients and minerals. Check out some of the benefits of soy milk in this interesting piece.

 

1. Source of protein


Soy milk has almost the same amount of protein as cow’s milk but as it is vegetable protein, there is very less risk of developing osteoporosis. So in a gist, you can enjoy the benefits of cow’s milk without the health hazard of osteoporosis that might come with it.

 

2. Heart-friendly


The quantity of saturated fats is very less in soy milk. It mainly contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, apart from having zero cholesterol content. Hence, it is preferable for people with a history of coronary diseases.

 

3. Zero lactose content


Due to the absence

 

4. Infant friendly

 

Soy milk is suitable for infants suffering from galactosemia.

 

5. No allergic reactions


Apart from being an ideal drink for the lactose-intolerant and for those suffering from galactosemia, soy milk does not cause any food allergies as it is free of casein, peanuts, gluten and MSG.

 

6. Helps in weight loss


Soy milk leads to weight loss for three reasons

i. It contains less calories.

ii. Soy milk contains monounsaturated fatty acid that can constrain intestinal absorption of fat.

iii. The fiber in soy milk gives the feeling of fullness and helps keep the system clean.

Apart from the above mentioned benefits of soy milk, there are also some other health benefits associated with soy milk that are yet to be proved. These are given below.

1. Soy milk contains isoflavones which is the plant equivalent of estrogen and its presence ensures a lot of health benefits from the easing of menopause symptoms to the reduction of risk for certain cancers like prostate and breast cancer.

2. Intake of soy milk leads to less occurrence of insulin dependent diabetes.

3. It is believed that soy milk is beneficial due to its mineral content. While it is true that it does contain minerals, but they are mostly inassimilable due to the presence of phytic acid.
But the most important drawback of soy milk with respect to cow’s milk is its very little calcium content. The soy milk available in the market nowadays comes with added calcium.


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