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Cow’s Milk vs Soy Milk

What Milk Do You Use?

In this day and age there are multiple alternatives when it comes to milk. Most choose an alternative of milk because they are lactose and tolerant and others made the switch for other health beliefs. For instance vegans do not eat dairy so they look for a product with a similar taste but a healthier option.  Those who are lactose and tolerant cannot handle digesting dairy products so soy milk may be the next best thing for them.

The question I am sure many wonder is which is better for you in the end or are they both the same when it comes to nutrition.  I am sure there will be many who disagree but let’s look at the facts about Soy milk versus Cow’s milk.

Cow’s milk and soy milk both provide a tasty beverage and something to pour over your cereal, but they’re nutritionally quite different One has no calcium, the other is full of cholesterol. Both have their up sides and their flaws.

Soy milk on average contains no dairy products. Manufacturers crush soybeans to make soy milk, a beverage that combines protein, water and oil. A serving size of one cup of soy milk provides 5 g of total fat, 4 g of carbohydrates and 80 calories.

Whole milk on average contains 10 g of carbohydrates, and 5 g of saturated fat which is about 25 percent of your daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. It has 10 percent of the daily value for cholesterol or 35 mg, 125 mg of sodium and 8 g of protein. There is no dietary fiber in a cup of whole milk.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Both?

With soy beans containing more protein than any other legume, soy milk is high in protein, which helps the growth and maintenance of your body tissues. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in 2009 that as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, 25 g of soy protein daily can decrease cholesterol, thereby reducing the chances of heart disease. Because it contains no dairy, lactose intolerant people can drink it. And unlike cow milk, soy milk is low in saturated fat, contains almost no cholesterol and has 10 percent of daily value of dietary fiber — a plus for your digestive system. Soy milk also contains an average of 8 percent of iron that is an essential mineral needed for oxygen to travel throughout your body.

Unlike soy milk, cow’s milk on average contains 30 percent of the daily value of calcium, a supporter of teeth and bone health. It also has 25 percent of the vitamin D, a vitamin that maintains the health of your skin. It possesses even more protein and phosphorous — another plus for bones and teeth — than soy milk does. If you’re watching your cholesterol, you can always switch to skim milk or low fat milk, as they have less cholesterol but the same benefits of calcium.

Between soy milk and cow’s milk it seems as if they both hold valuable benefits when it comes to your health.  Soy milk does seem to be the healthier option depending upon what your body needs.  So at the end of it all, drink what works for your body.

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