Soy milk: properties and info

Soy milk: properties and info

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Soya milkproperty, nutritional values ​​and instructions on how to make it at home. All information on soy plant milk.

Thesoya milkis originally from China and secondvegetable milkmost consumed in the world: in 2011 it was only surpassed by almond milk. The origin of thesoya milkit dates back to the first Han dynasty (from 202 BC to 9 AD) and only later did it spread strongly to Japan and Korea.

Soy milk or cow's milk

When it comes to anyvegetable milk, the comparison with thecow milkit arises immediately.

In fact, cow's milk cannot be compared with anyvegetable milkbecause the one prepared from dried soybeans (soy milk), from coconut sprouts (coconut milk), from almonds (almond milk), from grains of brown rice (rice milk), from cashews (milk of cashew) comes aloneimproperlydefinedmilk but it has nothing to do with milk! In power supply and also for the law (EU regulation no. 1308 of 20 December 2013)the wordmilkit is a typical denomination of the products obtained through the mammary milking of certain animals. Technically, what we call itsoya milkit is nothing more than a drink consisting of an emulsion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins suspended in water.

Having made the necessary premise, let's immediately say that thesoya milkis cholesterol-free, is a source of lecithin and vitamin E. Most ofsoya milkthat we find on the market is added with vitamin B12 and calcium.

Soy milk, contraindications

The presence of phytoestrogens in thesoya milkmakes this food not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. There are controversies surrounding the role of soy-derived phytoestrogens: some studies link soy phytoestrogens with breast cancer and others with decreased sex drive and fertility problems. For further information on the study, please consult the website of theCornell University, in particular the section dedicated to the Breast Cancer Program and Environmental Risk Factors, in-depth study entitled “Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer”.

Otherscontraindicationsconcern allergy sufferers: soy milk is not allergen-free. Correlations between soy milk intake and thyroid disorders are not excluded.

Others contraindications: its use is not recommended in case of gout. Soy drinks contain purines, substances associated with the development of gout.

Soy milk, recipes and derivatives

There soy drinkit can be used to create a large number of derivatives: soy cheeses (the classic example is given bytofu), ice creams and soy ice lollies, yogurt and cream. For the recipes of vegetable soy cream and soy yogurt, we refer you to the articles:

  • Homemade soy yogurt
  • Vegetable cream, recipe and info

Soy milk, properties

Thesoya milkpossesses a high amount offootballbut notassimilablefor us humans. For this reason, thesoy drinksthat we find on the market arereinforcedwithcalcium carbonate,an easy to assimilate source of calcium ions.

Unlike whole cow's milk, thesoya milkit has little fat and does not bring cholesterol. Despite thecontraindicationscited previously, there is no shortage of studies that highlight the beneficial properties of soy milk: the consumption ofsoya milkwas related to a decrease in levels ofbad cholesterolin the blood.

Soy milk, nutritional values

Natural soy milk contains only 33 kcal per 100 ml of product. Thesoya milkthat we find on the market contains about 54 kcal, more than semi-skimmed milk.

The nutritional values ​​referred to 100 ml of product see:

  • 51 mg of sodium
  • 118 mg of potassium
  • 6 g of carbohydrates
  • 3.3 g of vegetable protein
  • 0.6 mg of iron
  • 25 mg of calcium

As with calories, all nutritional values ​​can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. For nutritional values, please read the table on the soy milk purchase package.

How to make soy milk at home

On the market it is possible to find soy milk flavored with cocoa, vanilla, enriched withsucroseor "salty" with spices. In parallel, it is possible to prepare soy milk at home from dried soy beans. For all information, please read the articleHomemade soy milk.

Soy milk, environmental benefits

The production of the soya milk isecologicallymore sustainable when compared with the production of cow's milk. By exploiting the same amount of soil, much more liters ofsoy drinkcompared to cow's milk. A cow can consume up to 34 kg of feed per day and use 90 to 180 liters of water per day. A cow can produce an average of 40 liters of milk per day.

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