Thursday, January 23, 2014

What are the Health Benefits of Soy Milk?

The first use of soy milk dates back from China around AD 25-255. The milk is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water. Widely used as a non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk, it contains the same proportion of protein and it has no cholesterol. In 1980, the soy milk industry boomed and many soy milk brands were sold in aseptic cartons and bottles. Today, the drink is still very popular especially in the hawker culture of many Southeast Asian countries. Here are some of the health benefits of this increasingly popular drink:

Soy Milk is Good for the Heart
Heart disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide, and the advancement of science and medicine to treat certain illnesses has gone a long way. But still, many stick to natural ways to keep their body healthy. Unlike cow’s milk, soy milk is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. It also contains “good fats”, which help lower blood cholesterol. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Soy milk can also strengthen your blood vessel integrity to protect you from lesions and hemorrhage because it has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Soy Milk can Solve Weight Problems
Almost everyone has gained a few extra pounds because of all the merrymaking during the New Year. If you want to shred some of those pounds, drinking soy milk can be a great start. Did you know that a cup of soy milk only contains 80 calories? In addition, it is low in sugar and it absorbs fat. Another interesting fact about soy milk is that it gives you a dose of fiber, which aides your digestion and makes you feel fuller for a longer time.

Soy Milk Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer
This one is for the gents. Soy milk has high levels of phytoestrogen, a hormone that can reduce the production of testosterone in men, thus, reducing the risk of prostate cancer. According to studies, men who eat soy-rich diet are less prone to develop prostate cancer.

Soy Milk can Prevent Osteoporosis
When we were young we were told to drink milk regularly so that our bones will be much stronger, but how about the people who are lactose intolerant? The answer is by drinking fortified soy milk. Fortified soy milk is known to have just as much calcium in dairy milk. The extra calcium and vitamin D helps maintain our bones, teeth, and muscles.

Soy Milk Provides Therapy for Postmenopausal Syndromes
Soy milk is also beneficial to women’s health. As women grow older, the ability of the estrogen hormone to produce weakens. And when there is a great drop of estrogen, women are of high risk to develop heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Psychological disorders and even depression are common symptoms to women who are at menopause stage. It is mentioned earlier, that phytoestrogen is present in soy milk. It is a great and effective estrogen replacement. So ladies, stock on your favorite brand of soy milk and drink it regularly to prevent these postmenopausal syndromes.

The benefits of soy milk can do wonders to your body. These are some of the benefits that you will get by drinking it and I’m sure there are more. So check out your local supermarket and choose from a variety of flavors that suits your taste.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...