Many people have made the switch from regular cow’s milk to soy milk in their diet. Even non-vegetarians are discovering that there are many health benefits to soy milk.
But you should beware of the added sugar content in many soy milk brands which is probably the main health detriment to switching to soy. Most brands of regular, sugared soy milk on the shelves contain an average of about 7% sugar.
That may not seem like a lot, but to get a better perspective, estimate about 7% of the container and imagine it filled with nothing but pure white sugar. That is how much processed sugar you will be eating simply by drinking that one container of soy milk.
Sugar free soy milk
Luckily there are alternatives to choose from such as sugar free and reduced sugar soy milk. Sugar free soy milk is an acquired taste that can take a while to get used to. Usually, when first switching to soy milk it is best to start with the sugared variety because it is more palatable to most people. It is easier to enjoy and get used to drinking soy milk when the taste is a bit sweetened.
But because type II diabetes has become so prevalent in our society due to added sugars in almost all food products, it is important to our health to limit our intake. An easy way to help do that is to gradually reduce the amount we take in through soy milk.
Try changing to a reduced sugar soy milk with sugar content at about three to 3 1/2%. At first, the taste may be a little off and not as pleasant but you will find that you quickly become accustomed to the new taste and won’t even miss the added sweetness.
And then there are the fully sugar free brands of soy milk which are much better for your health but definitely take a little getting used to. They can also be much more difficult to locate on your grocers shelves, as they are not as popular as the sugared brands. Often, sugar free soy milk is can be found most easily in higher-end grocers and in the refrigerated section of the store as opposed to the shelves.
I personally use a vegetarian, reduced sugar brand of soy milk that has 3 1/4% sugar. I sometimes buy a bottle or two of the sugar-free but I have found that I need just a little bit of sweetness to suit my taste. It is just a matter of getting used to a little less sweetness, but your health will definitely benefit in the long run by making the change.