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Soy Milk Doesn’t Make You Fat (Ignore the Alarmists)

Is it really true that drinking lots of soy milk promotes weight gain? A quick Google search demonstrates that opinions are all over the map. For example, some health websites (here and here) sound the alarm against soy milk. They say it is not only fattening but also highly unhealthy. These claims generally revolve around pesticides used in producing soybeans, and the unproven idea that estrogen-mimicking compounds (phytoestrogens) in soy milk wreak havoc on men's hormones. This article even goes as far as saying that soy milk is so unhealthy that it should never have any place in anyone's diet. Well, as an avid soy milk drinker and a student of nutrition, I feel confident and entitled to speak my own two cents on the issue. As background: I drink soy milk nearly every day as a … [Read More]

Can Soy Milk Cause Bloating, Gas, Indigestion?

There is nothing intrinsic to soy milk that would directly cause stomach bloating, indigestion, or flatulence. Soy milk is, of course, made from soybeans. And beans are notorious for causing gas. But most of the fiber that could promote bloating and flatulence is removed during processing. Soy milk is generally well-tolerated and digests quite easily. I drink it daily, both in my morning coffee and my breakfast cereals. I believe it to be a healthier substitute for cows milk, and can personally attest that soy milk doesn't bloat. But there are some instances when soy milk can cause issues for certain people. Soy intolerance The only time soy milk should cause digestive problems is for a small percentage of people who have a congenital condition called soy intolerance. Soy … [Read More]

Freezing Soy Milk Has Many Drawbacks

Can you freeze soy milk to preserve it for use at a later time? Yes, freezing soy milk will prevent it from spoiling. And from a nutritional standpoint, it won't degrade the product or make it unhealthy to consume. On the surface, it would seem that freezing soy milk is a viable option for increasing storage life. But freezing has many downsides, too, which in my opinion makes it unappealing for most situations. Let me explain. Why doesn't soy milk freeze well? The freezing process significantly degrades the the product quality in several different ways. First, thawed soy milk just doesn't taste as good as it did before being frozen. The texture and flavor of soy milk are adversely affected by freezing. Soy milk is carefully formulated to mimic the consistency, thickness, and … [Read More]

How to Heat Up Soy Milk Properly Without Curdling

Can soy milk be heated without ruining its taste and consistency? Yes, it is perfectly okay and safe to heat up soy milk for your morning coffee or breakfast cereal. But you must heat it slowly to prevent the dissolved solids from coagulating into unsightly tofu that floats on top. You see, chemically, soy milk differs quite a bit from cow's milk and they have different heat profiles. Cows milk heats beautifully and the milk solids stay dissolved. But soy milk solids tend to curdle when boiled or heated very quickly. Heat soy milk slowly, under low temperature Thankfully, there are some tricks you can use to prevent this from happening. For best results, don't warm up soy milk too quickly, under high heat. The faster you heat it, the more likely it is to curdle. If using a … [Read More]

Can Dogs and Cats Drink Soy Milk?

Yes. In moderation, it is safe for both cats and dogs to drink soy milk. Soy milk and other soy products are not toxic or poisonous to either cats or dogs. There are a few caveats to keep in mind, however. Some brands of soy milk contain additives that are difficult for dogs and cats to digest, causing upset stomach or flatulence. Additionally, some pets may be allergic to soy milk. Read on for the full story. Soybeans are healthy for cats and dogs Soy milk is made by grinding and boiling soybeans, then filtering out the fiber and particulates. Soybeans are a very healthy plant-based source of protein. In fact, soy is one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein. This means soy protein contains a good quantity of all nine essential amino acids, the building blocks of … [Read More]