It is interesting, isn’t it? That the only mammals that drink another mammal’s milk are humans. Actually, that’s the basis for many holistic health experts’ argument about why, ultimately, dairy milk is not the best for our health. This is due to the fact that cow’s milk is an acidifying protein, it’s a processed food and it produces (more) mucus within our systems.
If you are someone who has been considering trying out a milk alternative, but you haven’t been sure if you should go with soy or almond milk, we have enclosed some “pros” and “cons” to both to assist you with making the best decision for you and your family:
The Benefits of Soy Milk
Soy milk is made by soaking, grinding and then boiling soy beans. The benefits that come with drinking soy milk are many. Soy milk is filled with proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Research has proven that it improves our body’s lipid profile, strengthens our blood vessels, promotes weight loss and even lessens premenstrual symptoms in women. There are also reports that indicate that it aids in preventing osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. However, there are some risks that come with drinking soy milk as well. Aside from the fact that some people are allergic to soy, one of the greater concerns is that since it contains phytoestrogens, it could induce premature puberty in young women and may stimulate certain hormonal growth cells, therefore, putting breast cancer survivors at a greater risk for a reoccurrence. Those studies are ongoing.
The Benefits of Almond Milk
Almond milk’s preparation is very similar to that of soy milk. Some people automatically prefer almond milk to soy because it tends to have less of an aftertaste to it. Another plus is that almond milk doesn’t have to be refrigerated. Physical health benefits are similar to those of almonds itself. Almond milk is great for promoting heart, skin and eye health. It contains about 30 percent of the recommended daily value for calcium. And as far as its found vitamin promotions , almond milk has one gram of protein per serving, is high in Vitamin B and there is four percent of iron found in each serving. There are not really any potential health risks that are directly related to almond milk (so long as you are not allergic to nuts).
Which Is Better?
Aside from what was previous mentioned about the lighter taste and the phytoestrogens that are found in soy milk that are not in almond milk, there are a few other reasons you may prefer to go with almond milk, instead. It has a lower amount of sugar, which makes it a great alternative for diabetics. It also has a very low calorie count, which makes it tremendously ideal for people who want to have a milk alternative while trying to lose weight. Plus, it is a kind of milk alternative that can actually be made at home, which can be beneficial both physically and financially. All you need to do is soak 1/3 cup of almonds overnight and then blend them with 2 cups of water. Add a bit of vanilla extract for taste and it’s ready to serve.
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