There has been an ongoing debate as to which is better or healthier, soy milk or almond milk. Studies have shown that cow’s milk is still the most complete and balanced source of protein, fats and carbohydrates but soy milk has come out on top when comparing the nutritional profiles of soy milk, almond milk and other plant-based milks. It was found to be the most comparable to cow’s milk in terms of overall nutrient balance. There are several differences. Let’s break it down:
Soy milk contains more protein than almond milk. It has more heart healthy polyunsaturated fats or healthy fats as compared to saturated fats (these fats can cause high cholesterol and heart problems). It has less sodium than almond milk and both milks are lactose free. It is the only vegan dairy alternative that offers a similar amount of protein as cow’s milk.
The nutrient content is also comparable to that of cow’s milk. It is cholesterol free and contains phytonutrients known as isoflavones (a colorless, crystalline, bioactive ketone which are antioxidants and can reduce inflammation in the body) which have been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Soy protein may help reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.