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soy milk

The new USDA guidelines include soymilk, which is good because drinking soymilk has been associated with weight loss, reducing cancer risk (see also the video about breast cancer survival and soy), and preventing COPD. Soymilk has 75% more antioxidants than cow’s milk (sample breakfast here), and contains phytoestrogens that have a number of health-promoting effects. Girls who drink soymilk as opposed to cow’s milk develop at a more normal age, beginning puberty 8 months later on average. Check out soy-based chocolate pudding and milkshake recipes here. Soymilk is also a good source of calcium, but make sure to shake it well before pouring, and it may not be the best idea for tea. Finally, soymilk made with kombu may contain too much iodine and should be reformulated.

See also the related blog post: Soymilk: shake it up!

Topic summary contributed by Jessica C. Meyers, DPT.
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Watch videos about soy milk

  • A Better Breakfast
    A Better Breakfast
    The antioxidant power of American breakfast fare is compared to a smoothie that contains berries, white tea leaves, and Indian gooseberry (amla) powder.
  • Dietary Guidelines: Progressing From Pyramid to Plate
    Dietary Guidelines: Progressing From Pyramid to Plate
    MyPlate represents a significant improvement over the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.
  • Too Much Iodine Can Be as Bad as Too Little
    Too Much Iodine Can Be as Bad as Too Little
    Excessive intake of kelp (kombu) or thyroid-containing sausages can lead to iodine toxicity.
  • The Effect of Soy on Precocious Puberty
    The Effect of Soy on Precocious Puberty
    Meat, animal protein, and soymilk (soya milk) can affect premature breast development in girls.
  • Calcium Absorption: Soy Milk Versus Cow Milk
    Calcium Absorption: Soy Milk Versus Cow Milk
    Soymilk (soya milk) should be shaken before pouring to get at the calcium that settles to the bottom.
  • Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods
    Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods
    On average, plant foods have 64 times more antioxidant power than red meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs, but is it a fair comparison?
  • Soymilk Suppression?
    Soymilk Suppression?
    Does soymilk have the same tea phytonutrient blocking effects as cow's milk?
  • Waistline Slimming Food
    Waistline Slimming Food
    A biological understanding of why soy may result in less abdominal fat.
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