Soy Milk vs Almond Milk: Battle of the Milk Alternatives!
“Soy milk vs almond milk?” “Rice milk or goat milk?” Everyone asks questions like these all the time.
Why? Because it’s very common today that we hear about different alternatives to drinking regular milk.
Due to the high demand of people who are lactose intolerant, kosher consumers, dieters, and others, many people today are looking to switch their regular dairy milk for a more healthier alternative that also tastes delicious and can help enhance their physical well being.
Don’t get wrong – drinking a minor amount of regular milk such as in a cup of coffee or as a small snack won’t really do much harm, unless one has allergies to milk or anything dairy. Or if you over consume huge amounts of milk and dairy everyday.
I personally prefer gold ole’ dairy milk for a cup of coffee or latte in the morning to start my day. But due to the massive pros over cons of using an alternative for regular milk, the issue begs to be discussed.
This has to led arguments among consumers and nutritionists as to which is the most preferable alternative to dairy milk, such as soy milk vs almond milk, or vs rice milk, and etc.
But before I give you my opinion, it’s important to know why we should try to LIMIT regular milk as much as possible.
Regular Dairy Milk May Not Be Such A Great Friend For You
Although the regular dairy milk found everywhere contains numerous nutrients such as Vitamins A, B12, and K, the cons seem to outweigh the pros. There is some research showing that the nutrients in milk can help promote muscle growth and reductions in body fat.
However, there are also considerable studies demonstrating potential negatives of consuming, or at least, overconsuming dairy milk.
Milk has been found, or at least suggested, to cause the following:
- bacterial infections to both pregnant mothers and their newborn infants, which can lead to different health problems such as auto-immune diseases, gastrointestinal ailments, or even death.
- increase the chances of getting Parkinson’s disease, especially in men.
- prostate cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Hirschsprung’s disease
- Behcet’s disease
It All Comes Down To These Two
There are various kinds of milk alternatives that you can choose from that are out there today, and all of them are pretty solid choices.
However, after trying and tasting these different types of milks and examine each one’s health benefits, pros, and cons, the two I most preferred were soy milk and almond milk.
In short however, if I were to pick one of these milks as my overall favorite in terms of health, taste, and other important factors, it would be almond milk.
Allow me to explain why…
Soy Milk vs Almond Milk – Almond Milk!
From my experience with milk consumption, I personally love and prefer almond milk for a variety of health & taste reasons.
Additionally, despite soy milk’s benefits, I believe that soy milk does not have the same taste and health benefits as almond milk. And although it is not an established medical fact, there are some who say that soy milk may contain high levels of estrogen.
For a guy like me, that’s not good!
Here are my other reasons for choosing almond milk, along with some cons:
Almond milk is known to be extremely low in calories. I have seen almond milks’ calorie counts range from anywhere between 35-90 calories per bottle.
This is considerably much less than what you’ll find in regular milk and probably in most other milk alternatives as well.
For those looking to maintain or shed those extra pounds, almond milk is something very important to consider for weight management.
You can enjoy a glass of almond milk or put it in your coffee or cereal without worrying so much about the calories!
As a matter of fact, I personally know of a cousin of mine that switched to almond milk around 2-3 years ago.
Along with proper diet and exercise, she was able to lose TONS of weight and now looks better than ever, and she credits part of her weight loss to almond milk, which she continues to drink to this very day.
Low Cholesterol & Bad Fat BUT High Good Fats
With the exception of certain brands, almond milk generally has practically no cholesterol or saturated fat.
Plus it’s very low in sodium and sugar.
It does however have tons of good fat, like the ones you’ll find in omega fatty acids found in fish oil. These apparently are also found in almonds too.
In other words, low garbage + high good fat = low blood pressure and heart regulation! YAY
Good For The Bones
Despite the fact that it falls behind regular milk in calcium, almond milk still contains a very substantial amount of calcium and vitamin D.
So even for almond milk consumers, you can still get the nutritional benefits you need in order maintain strong and healthy bones, and to prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis and to maintain teeth forms.
A Great Way To Beautifying Skin
With 50% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin E, almond milk can benefit your skin with antioxidants that offer protection and strength from harmful effects such as sunburns.
For the 25% of lactose-intolerant Americans out there, almond milk is completely lactose free and safe for consumption!
It Tastes = or > Than Regular Milk
Most milk alternatives tend to have a very bland or watery taste that makes consumers want to switch back to regular milk.
Almond milk on the other hand, has a very filling and flavory milky taste that actually makes you surprised that nondairy milk can be this good!
In fact, I will personally go for the almond milk in my coffee or as a glass with cookies, over regular milk. It simply tastes awesome, and you have to try for yourself to really see what I mean.
Let’s just say that if I didn’t think it tasted good, I wouldn’t be writing about this now…
No Need For A Fridge…WHAT?!
Almond milk absolutely does not need to be refrigerated. You can leave it anywhere (and by anywhere, I mean anywhere) and it is guaranteed not to go bad at all.
That means you can take it with you on the go, to the office, on trips, or anywhere else where you feel like you need to drink some milk!
Personally, there have been times where I have left bottles of almond milk out for at least a day or two and the milk did not go bad at all.
And the same taste remains!
Even I was shocked!
Other Important Nutritional Facts
Here are some other key factors that may add to your interest in almond milk:
- Low sugar
- Low glycemic index, which means that your body uses the carbs as energy and not as fat.
- Lots of vitamin B, iron, riboflavin for muscle strength.
- Contains 1 gram of fiber, which can greatly aid in digestion
My Conclusion: Almond Milk Is The Way To Go
Almond milk is the perfect alternative to dairy milk, and it’s much better overall compared to other alternatives in regard to flavor and health.
My personal experience, and that of thousands of others, have attested to this, and if you’re willing to get the best out of your everyday milk, then almond milk is the right one for you!
Although there are almond milk brands that have unhealthy additives in order to boost taste, you can easily find almond milk that is as pure as possible and retains all of the above benefits.