Soy Milk is a fluid similar to milk which is made from soybeans. It is also known as soya milk, soy drink, soybean milk, soymilk, soybean milk, or soy beverage. Traditionally, soy milk is a blend of water, oil and protein.
It is made from the extracts of whole soybeans. It is white or off-white in color and its density is similar to that of cow’s milk.
Soy milk contains no milk sugar (lactose); therefore, it is a good dairy substitute for those who are lactose intolerant, which affects between 30 to 50 million people of the world's population according to the U.S. Department of Health and Services.
Soy milk's nutritional highlights include containing a host of essential fatty acids, being a high-quality protein source, having no cholesterol and having very little saturated fat. In addition, soy milk is a good source of vitamins A, B and D, fiber, iron and potassium.
* It contains very little saturated fat
* It contains less antibiotics, fat, cholesterol and hormones
* Contains phytochemicals which help in cancer prevention
* It can control the level of blood sugar and hence beneficial for diabetes patients
* It does not contain casein
* Jewish people are kosher and may consume it because it is pareve
* It is safe for people who are allergic to cow’s milk or have lactose intolerance.
Soy milk and soy-based products have been theorized to be harmful to a person's health if consumed in large quantities. Speculation has been raised because soy products contain larger amounts of certain nutrients than found in other plants, and soy products also increase the human body's need for certain vitamins. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
* It contains a lot of phytic acid
* It contains hemagglutinin which causes the red blood cells to clump together.
* The genetic modification involved in the process of preparing soy milk may cause lysinoalanine or even nitrosamines
* It contains aluminum
* It contains trypsin inhibitors