Which milk is better? Soy or Cow?
Soy Milk: Soy milk is made by soaking, crushing, and straining soy beans. Soy milk is lactose free which is beneficial for people who are unable to digest lactose (Lactose Intolerant). Soy milk is also free of any animal products so vegan vegetarians are able to drink soy milk. Both milks are a great source of protein, but unlike cow’s milk, soy milk is low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, high in fiber, and a good source of iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Many brands of soy milk are fortified to include similar nutrients as cow’s milk
Cow’s Milk: Cow’s milk contains 30% of the daily value of calcium, 25% of the daily value of vitamin D, and is a great source of phosphorus. Calcium and phosphorus are necessary for teeth and bone health while vitamin D helps to maintain the health of your skin and facilitates the absorption of calcium. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that people over the age of nine consume three servings of low fat diary daily.
The debate of soy milk vs cow’s milk is tough to answer for both provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. The bottom line – the choice is up to you! If choosing soy milk, be sure to look for the fortified version. If choosing cow’s milk, look for low fat or skim to limit your intake of cholesterol.