Soy milk is probably the most frequently used milk substitute in the country, since it not only tastes good, but also has practically the same look and texture as cow’s milk. Soy milk is even used in certain restaurants and cafeterias for lactose or gluten intolerant customers.
But, almond milk is also quite popular. Many people prefer its nutty taste and creamy texture to that of soy. But, which milk substitute is healthier for you? What are the pros and cons of each? This is where you can find out…
Almond milk is less starchy than soy milk even though it contains more initial fat. In addition, almond milk contains only half the amount of calories that soy milk does. So dieters are better off drinking almond milk.
Both of these milk substitutes contain a good amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are mandatory for proper health. And, since almond milk is higher in initial fat content than soy milk, it also contains more of these healthy fatty acids. So, if you want to boost your omega-3 and/or omega-6 content, than almond milk is the wiser choice.
Soy milk, however, contains more protein than almond milk. A serving of soy milk equals over 6 grams of protein while a serving of almond milk equals hardly 4 grams of protein. Soy milk would likely be more beneficial to you if your diet needs more protein.
A good source of vitamins can be found in both soy milk and almond milk. Both of these milk substitutes contain large amounts of vitamin B. They also both have a variety of minerals, such as, copper, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium.
The main benefit of almond milk here, however, is that it contains much more vitamin E and manganese than soy milk does. This makes almond milk a superb drink for skin quality as well as for protection against cancer.
Soy milk does have some advantages. For example, it greatly benefits people over age 50 in helping to prevent prostate and breast cancer. Plus, it is a great alternative for anyone who is allergic to peaches or tree nuts.
Though, almond milk is not suitable for some allergens, it is a perfect milk substitute for lactose intolerants, celiacs, vegans, gluten intolerants and those who are sensitive to soy beans. As well as being very appealing in matters of taste, it also looks and feels like real milk. If you are one of the above allergens and have no trouble with nuts, then almond milk is definitely the milk substitute for you.
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