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What are the benefits of drinking soy milk?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Soy milk is made by grinding soybean and mixing with water. Soy milk is lower in saturated fat than cow’s milk and contains no cholesterol. There is 10 grams of soy protein in an 8 ounce glass. Soy milk is a good option for people who are lactose intolerant. Check the nutrition facts panel to make sure there is at least 30% calcium which would be equivalent to 300 milligrams of calcium (the same amount of calcium in 1 cup of cow’s milk). 

Despite the belief that soy milk must offer a variety of health benefits, that is not accurate. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but has essentially the same calorie and protein/carbohydrate/fat profile as regular cow's milk. The primary sugar in soy milk is sucrose vs galactose in milk and dairy products. Those with lactose intolerance have no problems digesting soy milk.

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