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Soy Milk: An Alternative to Animal Milk

Updated on March 16, 2016
Soy Milk
Soy Milk

Soy Milk, an Alternative to Cow Milk

Soy Milk, milk made from Soybeans has become an alternative to Cow Milk. The soy milk has all qualities of cow milk. It has Protein and Fat, and you can make all the tings from soy milk that you make from cow’s milk: Curd, Buttermilk, Butter, Ghee (Clarified Butter) etc. You can use Soy Milk to make tea or coffee.

Thus Soy Milk is the perfect alternative to Cow’s Milk, especially for the vegans. Furthermore, Soy Milk has some additional qualities. While the life of cow milk is less, Soy Milk is comparatively usable for more days.

What are Soybeans?

Soy milk is made from Soybeans. Soybeans are also known as Soya Beans. It is an oil seed, as well as a pulse. It contains about 20% Fats, 37% Protein and 30% Carbohydrates. It also contains Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C and K; Iron, Calcium, Potassium etc. 100 Grams of Soybeans has about 450kcal of energy.

Soybean is one of the popular Global crops. United States, Brazil, Argentina, China and India are the main producers of the crop.

Soy Milk Contents

A plain one cup of soy milk contains about 80 calories of energy, 6.5 Grams of Protein, 4.5 Grams of Carbohydrates, 4.5 Grams of Fats as well as Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Folic Acid, Niacin and other nutrient in sufficient quantity.

Stop Consuming Animal Milk.....

There are many reasons to stop consuming Animal Milk and start using Soy Milk. The very first thing to know is that in Dairy Industry, the animals like cows and buffalos are tortured for whole of their life when they produce milk. And when the animals stop to produce milk, they are sent to Slaughter Houses.

The second thing you must know is that the Animal Milk is no more remained pure. Adulteration has become a common thing, and what we take in the name of animal milk might be artificial milk made from chemicals.

Cows and other milk producing animals require much more food consumption to produce milk. To produce one liter milk, the animal requires about 5 liters of water and 600 grams of dry food. For feeding milk producing animals, we are using a large quantity of water and raw food. To produce this food for milk producing animals, we are using a large size of land. If we produce milk directly from Soy Beans, we save lot of water and land, can produce milk and make it available at cheaper rates. At he same time we can stop the crime against animals.

Soy Milk, milk made from Soybeans has become an alternative to Cow Milk. The soy milk has all qualities of cow milk. It has Protein and Fat, and you can make all the tings from soymilk that you make from cow’s milk: Curd, Buttermilk, Butter, Ghee (Clarified Butter) etc. You can use Soy Milk to make tea or coffee.

Availability of Soy Milk

Soy Milk is available easily in the market world over. Both branded and non branded Soy Milk is available.Such ready made Soy milk is available in various flavors.

Further, you can produce Soy Milk easily at home. Small Soy Milk making machines are available, you can buy one. You can make Soy Milk without machinery too.

A home made Soy Milk is the best option, I think.

How to Make Soy Milk at Home?


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  • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

    Vinaya Ghimire 

    5 years ago from Nepal

    I have tasted soya milk, it does not taste as good as cow milk, but it is good in quality. Thanks for sharing this well researched article.

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    Dil Vil 

    5 years ago from India

    A well written and very useful hub. I felt i must appreciate your work, thanks for the great share. I voted it UP.

  • Brett.Tesol profile image

    Brett Caulton 

    5 years ago from Asia

    I've recently noticed that I feel 'bloated' if I consume a lot of milk with cereal. I was thinking of cutting out cereal, but maybe I will try soy milk first!

    Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

  • Don Bobbitt profile image

    Don Bobbitt 

    5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

    My wife and I have used Soy Milk for years, especially in our coffee and in Smoothies, rather than cows milk. Not only is it nutritionally superior, but it keeps so much longer in the fridge that regular milk.

    Good Hub.

  • Paul Kuehn profile image

    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


    I was first introduced to soy milk when I lived in Taiwan in the 70s. I drank it a lot then in the mornings and had the sweetened variety which I ate with Taiwanese crullers and egg sandwiches. While my dad was living, he regularly grew soy beans on his land in Wisconsin. My Chinese ex-wife taught me how to hand make the soy milk by buying the beans, putting the beans into a cloth, soaking them in water, and then squeezing the milk out of the bag. Voted up and sharing with followers.

  • vandynegl profile image


    5 years ago from Ohio Valley

    Interesting article! I posted a similar one, relating to the effects of dairy on our bodies. Like some of the people posted, not everyone can do soy milk, but there are other alternatives. In addition, we do not need cows milk, and it is not necessarily the best source of calcium either. Like another person stated about the farming procedures, some local farmers don't torture their cows, but there are some horrific procedures that take place in larger factory farms. There are so many things to consider when consuming dairy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathryn Stratford profile image


    5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I drink both, but I actually prefer the taste of soy milk. It is so delicious, and it is hard to believe it is made using soy beans.

    Thanks for this information. I have never really heard much about the cruelty to cows.

    Soy milk would be good for some, but many people are allergic to soy. But probably not any more than those who are lactose intolerant. Almond or coconut milk would be good alternatives for some.

  • tebo profile image


    5 years ago from New Zealand

    There are so many alternatives to dairy these days, but of course a lot of them would fall in to the category of being processed. I love the taste of soy milk, but I have a borderline under active thyroid and soy is not recommended. I've always had mucous in my throat which I wondered could be from milk or dairy. Must do some more experimenting.

  • always exploring profile image

    Ruby Jean Richert 

    5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Interesting, Is soy milk gluten free? Thank's..

  • MizBejabbers profile image

    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    5 years ago from Beautiful South

    Interesting viewpoint, but all people can't consume soy products. Women who can't take hormomes are given a list of alternatives by their doctors, and foods like soy and yams that contain hormone replacements are on this list. That is why ib radmasters' statement that "soy has some interesting effects on men" is true. I can't do soy or dairy products, so I use almond milk. I tried oat milk, but it tasted so bad that I discarded the whole expensive quart. I haven't tried hemp milk, yet.

  • EuroCafeAuLait profile image

    Anastasia Kingsley 

    5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

    I agree with Billybuc. I like the taste of soy milk and used to drink it when I lived in San Francisco. Here in Croatia it is 3x more expensive than cow's milk. But the points you made are very valid and it just might be worth it. Thought provoking article. Thanks, Jainismus.

  • Kathleen Cochran profile image

    Kathleen Cochran 

    5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    My beautiful daughter has dealt with acne breakouts just on her chin since her teens through her twenties. On a cousin's advice she eliminated cow's milk from her diet and - voila - no more breakouts. The cousin said this technique worked for her teenaged son, noticeable on a day to day basis if he just had an occasional milkshake. Must be something to it.

  • tonymead60 profile image

    Tony Mead 

    5 years ago from Yorkshire

    I'm not sure where your information comes from, but I've worked on a dairy farm and the animals were never tortured, the water they drank came free falling as rain, they ate fresh green grass from the fields and meadows, and the milk is pure and strictly tested. With out milk we would not have the fantastic choice of cheeses, the quality of butter and cream that we enjoy. Soya has been planted in fields that have in certain countries been the result of clearing rain forests and other sensitive areas.

  • Made profile image

    Madeleine Salin 

    5 years ago from Finland

    I don't think it's torture to milk cows for their whole lives, but you have a good point with this article. We could produce milk from soya beans, almond or coconut too, but it's expensive to buy here. I have tried oat milk a couple of times. Cow milk is much cheaper than the alternatives, and in Finland we can't produce any other milk than cow milk to a good cost, but cow milk is getting more expensive all the time, too. Good hub! It made me think about my decisions.

  • rajan jolly profile image

    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very useful and interesting hub. Yes, if we start consuming soy milk dairy milk adulteration will also go down.

    Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared..

  • ib radmasters profile image

    ib radmasters 

    5 years ago from Southern California

    I agree, but I also think that soy for men has some odd side effects.

    I drink Almond and Coconut milk instead


  • billybuc profile image

    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great information my friend. The only problem with soy milk here in the states is that it is so expensive. Maybe if more people start drinking it the price will go down so everyone can afford it. :)


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