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Almond vs Soy Milk

Updated on September 22, 2015

After writing Cows Milk vs Soy Milk and having Soy come out on top as being better then cows milk, I thought I would do some research on the next best thing, Almond milk. I have been drinking Soy milk for quite a while but the other day while my husband and I were in the Nutrition House looking at soy powder the nutritionist interrupted us to tell us that soy was bad for you. That it has too much estrogen for men and can shut down your thyroid for up to 8 hours. After hearing this you can imagine how shocked and disappointed I was. Which then fueled the need to research it for myself and see what I could find. Also see if I could find an even better substitute for cows milk and now soy milk.

Here are some nutritional facts about soy (per serving)
110 calories, 10 g protein, 4 g fat, 14 gm carbohydrates, 80 mg calcium, iron, sodium, riboflavin, concentration of omega3 fatty acids, unsaturated fat and no cholesterol.

With no cholesterol its great for people with heart problems and you know it won't contribute to heart problems in this area at least. Also because of soy low calcium amount it is usually fortified with calcium to give you more intake.

Some benefits of Soy are:

  • No Cholesterol
  • Lots of protein and carbohydrates
  • Good for a diabetic diet because of the variety of carbohydrates
  • Helps to reduce fat that enters our body
  • Its lactose free (milk sugar)
  • The isoflavones help lower cholesterol and help reduce the symptoms of menopause.
  • Does not have the protein casein.
  • The isoflavones resemble the female hormone estrogen. It reduces the chances of cancer and osteoporosis and maintains our health. (This is Isoflavones as a positive)

And now for the negatives:

  • A lot of use can lead to breast cancer and other cancers.
  • Many brands have more sugar and chemicals then needed.
  • Isoflavones contribute to thyroid disorder, leukemia and breast cancer. (and here it is as a negative)
  • Non-fermented soy milk has a lot of Phytic acid which prevents the body from fully absorbing vitamins and nutrients through the digestive tract.
  • Has a lot of Phytoestrogen which is a plant compound similar to the female hormone, estrogen.
    - Can bring on early puberty in children.
    - Higher risk of breast cancer in young woman.
    - Estrogen in Soy milk is harmful for babies.
  • Fever, tiredness and wheezing are some side effects of soy milk also.
  • Goitrogens in soy milk can suppress the functioning of the thyroid gland.

After finding out all of this lovely information it made me seriously reconsider Soy for my family. Especially for my little 5 month old that for the past couple months I have had to supplement with formula and I have been using Soy formula. But I have been working hard on rebuilding my milk supply so hopefully soon there will be no more formula. But definitely after finding all this out I will be switching to a regular lactose free formula.
My article on Increasing Your Breast Milk Supply is a good read for other mothers out there.

The one milk (besides Rice that possibly someday I will be making a hub about providing no surprises pop up with Almond milk) I have never tried before. So I really hope it tastes good.

Some nutritional facts about Almond milk per serving are:
30-40 calories, 2.5-3 g fat, 1 g protein, 1 g fiber, vitamins and minerals, a lot of unsaturated fat, omega fatty acids, manganese, vitamin E and selenium.

Health benefits of Almond milk:

  • Helps in growth and repair of the body.
  • Magnesium breaks down eaten food into energy and it helps the parathyroid gland function better.
  • Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant.
  • Selenium is good for your immune system and for the reproduction and metabolism of your thyroid gland.
  • No cholesterol
  • Potassium helps to maintain blood pressure.
  • Naturally flavored so there's no need for artificial flavor.
  • It can be easily made and stored.
  • Because there is no boiling involved in making the milk there's no loss of vitamins and minerals as opposed to soy milk.
  • Its lactose free.
  • Manganese activates the bodies enzymes.

And now for the negatives:

  • Its not a good option for an infant, breast milk is best.
  • Low Iodine results in a goiter. Almonds are considered Goitrogens.
    - Goitrogens suppress the thyroid gland and are risky for people with already low thyroid functions.

In the end they are both good milks in there own ways and also bad. Soy milk has more protein where Almond milk has less fats and sugar then any other non-dairy milk.
There's more varieties of Soy milk because they are more popular then Almond milk. Because they have been labeled as great for you for the past decade or so. Always showing the public the one side of the coin, the shiny side. So its really up to you which of all the milks you prefer and which you think is best for you and your family. For myself and my family I really hope Almond milk tastes good..because I think we will be switching again.

There's a lot of milks out there. Too many if you ask me..

What type of milk do you drink?

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      ashliowens 4 years ago from United States

      I am definitely more of a fan of almond milk. There are health benefits to both as you've pointed out, but I just prefer the taste of almond milk. Great article!

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      Sara Darlingg 5 years ago

      I grew up drinking cows milk, think it tastes best but was concerned about hormones and the welfare of the cow so i switched to almond, disliked the texture but stuck with it anyways for about a month (had about a cup almost daily) but after having some womanly issues with it i went to my doctor and found out the high levels of estrogen were interrupting my birth control pills so i stopped drinking immediately and the problem cleared up. Now I'm on almond milk, tastes better than soy but still not as good as cow's and have had no side effects whatsoever. :) cheers

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      Lisa Reynoso 5 years ago

      I like to make nut milk--almond, walnut, and pumpkin seed mixed is my favorite--though I also make my own soymilk, which reduces some of the negatives (I leave it unflavored until ready to use--and use it unflavored in baking). You'll enjoy almond milk. My husband doesn't care much for it, because it is too thin for his taste. He likes the richer, creamier milk I make--I use 1 cup of nuts to 3 1/3 cups of water, and I soak the nuts, so I get probably 3 1/2 cups of milk. I think it's more like a 1:4 ratio in the store-bought almond milk, and the fat content is definitely lower. In our family, fat isn't a problem, as long as it's healthy fat; my husband can't gain weight unless he works out and gains muscle, and during pregnancy healthy fats are important, though I try not to overdo them.

      My son is allergic to dairy, soy, and all nuts and most seeds, so he drinks a lot of rice and hemp milk. Hemp is very nutritious, but also very expensive, and I'm not exactly fond of the taste (good thing I'm not allergic to the other options!). I buy it because I can't make the homemade stuff taste good; at least he likes the brand that is the cheapest--because he won't drink any other brand (Pacific). I make his rice milk, though I always keep a shelf-stable quart in the pantry for emergencies. It's really easy to make (you can find my video demo on YouTube--it's the one with him on my hip for the second half of the video).

      Oh, and I would vote, but I since our family drinks more than one kind of milk, I am not sure which one to pick! :)

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      Wakka 5 years ago

      Sources needed to make this actually useful.

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      Jody 5 years ago

      I have a low thyroid, so it looks like both Soy & Almond Milk are bad for my condition.

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      Eric 6 years ago

      Moderation is the key to everything. Too much of a certain food can lead to waste. Our body knows only to absorb food as much as we need. Too much, bad things happen.

      For me, too much almonds give me pimples. Too much soy just keeps me from getting a good six pack(too much food for that matter).

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      HRoger 6 years ago from Online where I can be!

      Very Interesting Information! I really liked that picture! It made that drink look more delicious than any could ever be! Thanks for the Hub.

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Good article. Helpful information. I drink some cows milk. I am not a big fan of milk. I use it with my granola and that is about it. Your article was easy to read and follow. Thanks for sharing such good information and not making it boring or hard to read. Teresa

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      cyclrmom 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your article and have been wondering myself if I should try almond milk versus the soy I use. I will buy some and give it a shot now. Thanks for an informative article.

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      Andrew Gubb 6 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

      I wrote a hub about different milks, you might find it interesting.

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      StarCreate 6 years ago from Spain

      Very interesting hub. It's hard to cut through the competing marketing messages, positive and negative, of the soy vs dairy lobbies... both massive vested interests, putting out very contradictory health messages...

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Very informative hub.

      I have been meaning to switch to Soy for sometime now ,the cost wasn't economical raising three thriving sons at the time though.

      Perhaps I will now. The health benefits sound positive ,especially for heart and well womens health.

      Thank you again x

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      kiwi91 6 years ago from USA

      I still drink cows milk, but I order it from a local farm that delivers it to my home. The difference in taste is immediately noticeable.

      I've heard about some of the dangers for men of soy, so I try to steer clear of it for the most part. It's in almost all packaged food we eat today though, so it can be tough -- crackers, cereals, anything carb-rich is packed with soy. I haven't tried almond milk, maybe I'll give that a try. Great work, very informative!

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      Sarki Sozleri 6 years ago

      I cannot possibly trust this. Almond milk? H-m-m. Again How was it made? It can make a huge difference between healthy drink and processed garbage. I'll stick to my freshly squeezed orange.

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      Crystal 6 years ago

      I have tried cow,soy,goat and just recently almond. The almond taste and look reminded me a lot of soy. Great information. Thx.

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      Gigi Thibodeau 6 years ago

      Great hub! I've been drinking and cooking with soy milk for several years, but have been hearing about its risks more and more lately, so I've started using almond milk, too. Your hub was really informative and helpful. Thanks!

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      This is true dublinbones, moderation is the key!

      I hear you CrossWords hahaha

      And I`m glad you got better emily,

      Thanks for the comments everybody

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      CrossWords 6 years ago

      I do not drink soy milk, I don't like the taste of it. My daughter loves vanilla soy, I may have to stop her on that a bit, I do not want any early puberty, lol!

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      dublinbones 6 years ago

      Nice article,

      Soya can get be bad but you have to consume a lot of it. Like most things should be used in moderation. If a person is consuming a prediominately fruit and vegetable base diet then small consumption of soya will not be a problem. It's good to vary the drinks from Almond, rice and soya. Consuming large amounts of any of these at the detriment of fruits and vegetables will cause a problem.

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      Emily 6 years ago

      Unfermented soy is terrible for your health. wrecked my thyroid - normalised a few months after i stopped consuming it but I felt AWFUL without knowing why. Total marketing hype without substance. fermented (tempeh and miso) are however good for you.

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Thank you everybody for your comments, much appreciated.

      Home Girl, I respect your opinion but on the other hand I like that fact that I can make my own Almond milk, I can not make cows milk. If anything I think the best thing for humans to drink..shudder..but its our own milk. But since I don't think that will be happening anytime soon we must do our research and provide the BEST thing for ourselves and families.

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      Home Girl 6 years ago

      Somebody said that cow milk is for cows, yes, I agree. But there is big difference between drinking fresh unpasteurised milk from one family cow or a glass of pasteurised milk that has a shelf life like a month collected from 100 cows! I think so. There is no soy cow to give me milk. That means it is a complicated process with lots of ingredients not just soy. I cannot possibly trust this. Almond milk? H-m-m. Again How was it made? It can make a huge difference between healthy drink and processed garbage. I'll stick to my freshly squeezed orange.

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      Cindy2011 6 years ago from Canada's West Coast

      Very interesting - a friend had recently told me to switch to almond milk, so I picked up a couple of cartons to try. The almond milk has a good flavor. I've not been consistently drinking it, but think I might reconsider and get serious about a full switch. How do we ever stay on top of everything? Like you, I thought I was giving my family a better choice with soy milk. We don't drink it in abundance, but I'll start to encourage the change. Thanks for sharing your findings.

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      FeliciaM 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the great hub! I drink Almond milk and I like it. I make my own most of the time but sometimes I buy it. I like to know that the stuff I make though is not processed. I too gave my kids soy milk years ago and found it was bad. Haven't had soy for alot of years now.

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      create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Tgopfrich thank you for this timely information. I was an advocate of soy milk, and I even wrote a hub advocating soy milk as an alternative to cows milk. When I discovered it could contribute to cancer I stopped drinking cold turkey. I was disappointed because I really loved the EdenSoy brand.

      I did not know that almonds contributed to goitre though. I tend to eat raw almonds regularly, so I guess I need to go cold turkey again. I did notice that my neck was looking strange lately. Thank you for enlightening me.

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm a vegan and don't like soy milk, so I've been using both almond milk and rice milk for some time now. You can get both in original, unsweetened versions as well as vanilla (sweetened or unsweetened). I like the vanilla versions in coffee, oatmeal and cereal. If I'm using it to cook, whether or not the dish is savory or sweet determines which version of almond or rice milk I use. Since I use only stevia for sweetening, and don't really have a "sweet tooth",anyway, even my special vegan desserts are healthy. I only use canola and extra virgin olive oils, as well as Smart Balance margarine with the additives (phenols?)that help lower cholesterol. Even so, I don't fry or use a lot of oil. I have a very healthful and delicious diet. Now I'm working on decreasing calories to lose weight. Even a vegan can have extra poundage if limited mobility doesn't allow one to get enough exercise.

      Thanks for telling people about almond milk in this hub.


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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      your welcome.. also I suggest maybe looking up some maybe herbal remedy or foods that can help strengthen your thyroid gland. Try searching up thyroid gland herbal on the interweb and you should definitely be able to find something. :) Thank you for your comment

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      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      well i don't drink much cow's milk, cow's milk is for cows not humans. I don't drink soy milk either because of the estrogen in it, ie breast cancer. But I love Almond milk, now i learn it can have an affect on my remaining thyroid!! waaaaa, what's a gal to do? Thanks for the good information, I think.....

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Thank you thank you, when it comes down to it one really has a lot of options for milk. All with some negatives and positives so its really just up to that individual and what they like, if they want to change or not. Also in the end what tastes good and what you want to drink everyday. Almond milk (unsweetened) definitely has a very nutty taste and my husband and I definitely prefer the taste of So Nice Original (soy milk) because its so smooth and sweet but we have yet to try some other kinds of Almond milk. One draw back is that Almond milk is more expensive then Soy unfortunately. But I do want to try making my own Almond milk..hopefully that'll work out.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great hub on the pros and cons of soy vs almond milk. The information is well elaborated and your points are spot on. Voted UP and rated USEFUL

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I drank the soy for years. Not much else was available where I've been. I think for males and some ladies it's the best. Great post!