Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Slurp Smackdown

It’s another round of a weekend smackdown!

If you missed the last round, check it out here.

Today in the ring we have Soymilk vs. Dairy Milk.

Cow's milk vs soy milk

I used to think dairy milk was the best with cereal, Oreos, and just to quench my thirst. But then a few years back, I tried 8th Continent vanilla soymilk for a little extra added flavor to my morning bowl. Eventually I tried the original for drinking and thought it was equally good. Some people can’t do soy, others can’t get past the “chalky” texture, and a handful just don’t want to make the switch. When I started drinking it, I never thought I’d drink more soy milk than dairy. A few weeks ago I realized I didn’t even have dairy milk in my fridge! Instead, there was 3 different kinds of soy milk and some almond milk. In conversation with my mom, she told me I needed the calcium, etc., but I reassured her soy has the same, if not better benefits than dairy. [FYI: I have not given up dairy products, or milk, I just don’t buy dairy milk anymore since I use soy for drinking, baking, etc.] This smackdown could go on&on, so it’s a smackdown in a nutshell!

  • The Major Difference: One is derived from a plant and the other from an animal.
  • Dairy Milk: It’s a product of the mammary gland. As with all other animal-based foods, it's a complete protein; that is, it supplies people with all the necessary amino acids to form proteins. All cow's milk contain 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate per cup. Cow's milk is a rich source of other nutrients as well. One cup provides adults with 30 percent of their daily calcium needs and about 50 percent of their vitamin B12 and riboflavin requirements. Often it's fortified with vitamin D to facilitate the absorption of calcium. Vitamin A is usually added to milk as well. Depending on the selection, cow's milk can have a significant amount of fat.
  • Soymilk: It is not technically a milk, but a beverage made from soybeans. It is the liquid that remains after soybeans are soaked, finely ground, and then strained. Since it doesn't contain any lactose, soymilk is suitable for lactose intolerant folks. It's also a popular cow's milk substitute for vegetarians since it's based on a plant source (others include rice, oat, almond, coconut, and potato milk). Soy foods are the only plant-based complete proteins. One cup of unfortified soymilk contains almost 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrate, 4½ grams of fat, and no cholesterol. Although soymilk supplies some B vitamins, it's not a good source of B12, nor does it provide a significant amount of calcium. Since many people substitute soy beverages for cow's milk, manufacturers have offered fortified versions. These varieties may include calcium and vitamins E, B12, and D, among other nutrients. If you choose soymilk, read labels carefully to be sure you're getting enough of these important nutrients.

Common Reason Why People Avoid It

  • Dairy milk: Cows are pumped with hormones which is believed of course to then be transferred into their milk, which can cause health effects the consumers[us].
    Most cow's milk has measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, and dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels).
  • Soy milk: Unfermented soy foods have a high amount of phytic acid, which can lead to the lower absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. Some research claims the isoflavones found in soy foods also contribute to the development of thyroid disorders, breast cancer and leukemia.

The Nutritional Comparison

  • Cows Milk(Skim/per 8 oz)-Calories:8o Fat:0g Calcium: 30% RDA Vitamin B12: 13%
  • Soy Milk(Fortified/per 8 oz)- Calories:60  Fat:2g Calcium:30% Vitamin B12: 15%

Whatever milky beverage you choose to drink is really a matter of personal preference and your health goals—cheers!

Interested in drinking soy milk? Find out more benefits here.

Who’s side are you on in today’s smackdown?


Lexi said...

These days, I'm a dairy girl. 1% organic! But I used to be a total soy-nut. I never really liked real milk as a kid but loved chocolate and vanilla soy milk - thus I made the switch. Then, after reading an article in a health magazine, I decided to switch back to organic milk because it is less processed than soy. It's hard for me to take sides here, but taste wise, I definitely prefer vanilla soy milk. health wise, I go with the good old organic moo juice.

Kelly said...

I have to say it's a toss up for me. I don't drink a lot of cow's milk because honestly since I've been an adult I no longer like the taste. However, I still buy raw milk for cheese making and occasionally organic milk for cooking. The main reasons I tend to buy soy products are that it's less intensive on the environment and doesn't involve any industrial farming of animals, since from what I've found in my research the conditions most cows live in are anything but pretty. However, I do occasionally think about the processing factor on soy milk. However, when it comes to my cheesemaking nothing works like cow's milk cheese so that's what I use. I guess it all depends on what factors are most important to you.

Sophia said...

I don't like neither, unless they are cooked into my oats. I'm a bigger fan of almond milk! :D
But for cheese and othe dairy products, gimme cow!

Anonymous said...

I've tried both kinds and just cannot like Soy milk, I prefer Dairy milk. I do hate the way cows are milked and really wish I like Soy milk because of that.


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Jenny said...

I love the taste of soymilk but it doesn't sit well in my belly :( moo juice for me! (though I do sneak in some van. soy every so often, my tummy can deal!)

Kim said...

I don't think I've ever tried soymilk, but I'm not opposed to it at all. In fact, I bet it is delicious. Great info : )