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March 25th, 2009 No Comments

SOY OR DAIRY MILK?  Which one is better for you? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately. ::  When I asked a nutritionist, she had THE EXACT SAME ANSWER as Nutritionista.  Honestly, I didn’t believe her.  But the conclusion seems to be the general consensus.  Read her analysis.


Dairy vs. soy…

Georgina says:

I would love to hear your thoughts on dairy v soy. I was anti-dairy for a long time but maybe a year ago started reading about the different arguments about soy may not be as great as we first thought. It’s the one nutrition area that I don’t have a firm opinion on. I’m currently back on low fat dairy milk.

There’s an easy bottom line on this one: from a weight loss perspective, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Soy milk and one percent regular milk are comparable in terms of calories, fat, and protein. Light soy milk and skim milk are also comparable. Flavored soy milk can contain added sugar, but the unflavored stuff usually doesn’t. Soy milk is also usually fortified with vitamin D and calcium to compete with the amount in regular milk.

There are good things and bad things about both soy and dairy. Dairy has been connected to certain cancers, but has also been shown to aid weight loss for people who don’t get enough calcium from other food. Soy is associated with promoting healthy bones and heart health but has also been associated with cancer. It’s all pretty confusing and I don’t think science has come to a solid conclusion yet.

Personally? I like the taste of soy better for most things. I also find it a little bit weird that humans are the the only animal to drink milk past infancy. Even so, many people don’t have the enzyme required to digest lactose, rendering them lactose intolerant. I have friends who try to avoid eating lots of dairy because it doesn’t do good things for their… digestion. Then again, some people have no problem digesting dairy at all.

Here’s my advice: as long as you’re not lactose intolerant, there’s no good reason to pick one or the other, so drink both to get the benefits of both. I usually have both soy and regular milk in my fridge. I use soy for my protein shakes, cereal, and to drink plain. I use regular milk for recipes that call for milk (baked goods, eggs, etc.). I also eat other dairy products like cheese and yogurt, but occasionally, I eat soy cheese and yogurt also. Since there are pros and cons to both soy and dairy, why not mix it up?