Almond vs. Soy Milk
Soy and almond milk are the two most popular dairy milk alternatives. Today there are so many more people choosing the alternatives versus skim milk or any percent milk that is due to lactose intolerance, not trusting the additives that are put into milk and many more reasons. If you are lactose intolerant, have some form of heart disease, diabetes or have a casein allergy, the alternatives are highly recommended and will allow you to still enjoy milk but in a slightly different, healthier form. Both soy and almond milk have advantages and not one is really drastically better for you per se, they just differ. Prevention Online and Fit Day took a look closer at both options and assembled a list of benefits and some minor disadvantages to both.
Almond milk has a slightly higher fat content but the benefits outweigh the negatives. Almond milk is less starchy, contains less than 40 calories per cup (which is less than soy), and contains a high amount of Vitamin E and Manganese which improves skin quality and protection. Almond milk also doesn’t contain any saturated fat and contains 25% of your daily Vitamin D intake. However, if you have a peach or tree nut allergy, you should not consumer almond milk. If ingested, congestion of the airway could occur which would lead to serious respiratory problems.
Though it is the more “controversial” of the two alternatives, soy milk offers a variety of different advantages. Soy milk can relieve postmenopausal symptoms in women and prevent prostate cancer in men and contains less sodium than almond milk. This alternative also contains more female friendly B vitamins and 10% folate RDA. A disadvantage of soy milk is that is contains 7 more grams of sugar especially with vanilla flavoring. Soy also contains saturated fat and should be avoided by pregnant women because the progesterone could mildly interfere with your body’s natural level. When consuming soy milk, 9% of your daily potassium intake as well as 10% of your magnesium are absorbed.
Both almond and soy milk are gluten free, account for 5-8% of your daily carbohydrate allowance, contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are conducive to cholesterol and blood pressure and protects against cardiovascular and neurological diseases. They also both contain essential minerals, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese as well as dietary fiber and B vitamins. To avoid excess sugar consumption, it’s best to go bare—drink unsweetened, unflavored almond and soy milks…they taste just as good and are a tad bit healthier!
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