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4 Reasons You Should Consider Drinking Soy Milk Instead of Cow Milk

January 17th, 2008 · 13 Comments ·

Years ago, I saw an advertisement showing cows drinking soymilk. However, this YouTube video has been removed.

This advertisement is quite cool with cows wearing clothes, speaking English and having breakfast. But, what makes it really interesting is that even cow is drinking soy milk, instead of their own milk! I am no sure whether these cows are using Gateway as their desktops.
Take the joke aside, cows drink water and soy milk does not come from cow, but it is processed from the bean itself. My younger brother drink soy milk because he has lactose intolerance. Soy milk is often consumed by my other vegetarian friends too. However, nowadays, rather than drinking soy milk because one has to, more people are choosing soy milk because of the following health benefits:

  1. Soy milk is high in protein.
  2. The more the protein in the soy milk, the higher the isoflavone content. Many believe that isoflavones reduce cholesterol, prevent of osteoporosis and reduce the risk for certain cancers (prostate cancer and breast cancer).
  3. Because soy milk is from beans, it contains more fiber than cow’s milk.
  4. Contrary to belief, soy milk is not fat free. Depending how it is produced, it may have more fat than cow’s milk. However, it does not have the bad cholesterol.


Soy milk has about quarter of the calcium of what we get in cow’s milk. Therefore, some companies are adding calcium to soy milks. However, even if you do not get enough calcium from soy milk, you still get can calcium from other sources such as yogurt, cheese, sardines and green leafy vegetables. In addition to calcium, soy milk is fortified by the manufacturers with vitamin D and other nutrients. Some even come out with different flavors.

So, if you have lactose issue with cow’s milk, now, you have an alternative source of protein.



Category: Nutrition

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  • sylvesteR // Jan 17, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Let’s have a little comparison between 1% cow’s milk and soy milk. In cow milk, there’s approximately 8 grams or protein whereas soy milk has less than 7. Not only that, 1% cow milk has bout 2.5 grams of fat while soy milk has more than 4. Of course, if you want to lose some fat, it’s better if you opt for 1% milk. Besides, cow milk also has a significant higher level of calcium compared to soy milk. Just like what you’ve mention afore, soy milk indeed has higher fiber and no cholestrol, and these 2 points are sufficient to rebuttle the other points.

    All in all, if you’re looking to build muscle, cow milk is definitely better, but if you’re lactose intolerant, soy milk suits you more. Anyway, both are equally good!!

  • aw // Jan 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    The best is human milk.. already have the amino acids, enzymes, hormonal growth factors and vitamins perfectly proportioned for maximum human muscle mass!

  • Vertigo7 // Jan 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    As I’ve heard… as it is written in Muscular Developement… too much soy milk will develop prostate cancer. That’s like drinking up to 5 glasses of soy milk a day. If you’re lactose intolerant, drinking more than 5 glasses of fresh cow milk will in actual fact, send your sorry ass state to the toilet for a visit.

  • Veggie // Jan 17, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    does soy milk contain female hormone?
    isit harmful for male bodybuilders?
    will it make my chest look like breast?

  • Vertigo7 // Jan 17, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Haha that’s a good question Veggie. I don’t know much about the case if soy milk could ‘boost’ female hormone… though I definitely know one thing. It does not contain female hormone. If it does… I wouldn’t want to imagine what I’ll become.

    I’d been drinking a lot of soy milk so far and I don’t think I’ll turn into a *gay straight or even into a tranny at all. LOL. Anyhow, soy milk doesn’t contain as much protein as milk does. Worry not for drinking soy milk because it will never turn your chest into a breast unless you drink lots of it and never workout.

    As for my case, I would prefer cow milk as it definitely contain higher rate of protein compared to beans or nuts. If drinking milk isn’t going to help you due to your bad tolerance towards lactose, then take half a glass of milk and munch some nuts(preferably almonds or hazelnut) instead of a full glass of milk alone. It’ll do you good as such intake will supply you sufficient amount of protein and you don’t need to beg Mother Nature for forgiveness…

  • Vertigo7 // Jan 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    In addition, for those who are intolerant of lactose, drink soy milk for a start. Couple of weeks later, you can repeatedly drink soy milk and then cow milk for the next day until you’re totally able to have milk daily.

  • wyatt // Jul 11, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    i am a man who avoids soy like the plage and thats hard to do now days they sneak that soy garbbage into everything(read the ingredeints of any health bar). Soy isoflavones are basically female hormones. thre a great protain source for women NOT for men

  • knowledgequest // Sep 24, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    It really comes down to a matter of taste. I was going to make the switch to Soy because I believed the hype. However, after doing some research, I found the Soy vs. Skim/nonfat milk weighs pretty even. Non-fat milk has more protein than Soy. Per one cup, soy has 1g of fiber compared to 0g in cows milk.

    What really matters when making the decision for soy or cow is what you want to get out of it. If you can figure out why you drink milk then you can determine which is the best option for you.

  • ehtesham // Oct 23, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Why dont you guys get this book and read it 8 minutes in the morning by Jorge Cruise. Instead of vaguely debating about this and that the book will tell you the truth about what we realy eat and what is good and not good for you.

    Fact is soy milk is good for you than cows millk. Also some farmers have been buyhing feed in the past that use to contain meat and were feeding it to cows here in the United kingdom.

  • ju // Mar 3, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    I am a breast cancer patient and am taking Femara (hormone suppressor) now. I like to know whether I should drink milk or soymilk for calcium, without the unwanted hormone.

  • aks // May 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I want to gain weight.
    can i drink soymilk as a protein shake after workout.
    I dont want to take whey protein or any other suppliments as i have heard about their side effects

  • Wise One // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    If you knew the real deal you would never drink cows milk again. Consider these points, then research the truth if you do not believe:
    -Cows milk is not for humans, but for baby cows
    -Cows have four stomaches and better capacity to digest cows milk
    -Cows milk is responsible for most conditions, illness and problems with humans; such as eczema, sinusitis, asthma, heart disease, digestive issues, fatigue, phlegm and mucas syndromes, and the list is endless
    -Humans are the only species that wean into adult life and off another breed
    -Calcium, which is the main reason most people drink milk cannot be extracted from Cow’s milk after humans reach the age of 3-4 yrs
    -Cows get calcium from grass, we can get more from green leafy vegetables than cow’s milk
    I do not know if Soy Milk is good or bad for us, which is why I visited this site, but I need an alternative to Cow’s Milk cause my family believes they need it, they have been conditioned to accept MILK is great. Result of the milk industry being subsidized by the US Gov.

  • April // Feb 22, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Not to mention the fact that factory farmed dairy cows are pumped constantly to the point that they are excreting puss into the milk from their overworked they in turn pump the cows with antibiotics to prevent infection which ends up in your glass of milk! Yumm!

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