Almond and soy milk are the best alternatives for cow milk out there. The two are unmatched breakfast options for people suffering from diabetes, heart conditions or those that are lactose intolerant. Saying one is better than the other is to put it plainly, uninformed. As they say, you should not judge a fish by its ability to climb trees. Similarly, the answer to the question above is only obtained when and if the two are judged by a role they cannot perform. Each has its own merits and demerits. This article strives to shed light on the issue.
As previously stated, almond and soy milk are best suited for vegans who cannot stomach the thought of consuming dairy products. To add on to that, they are both gluten-free making them well suited for persons with celiac diseases. Both, however, have their fair share of
allergens. A sizable amount of people, most notably children, are allergic to soy milk. Ingestion of the milk is known to cause swelling, vomiting, hives or even diarrhea.
Furthermore, persons with peach allergies are advised to refrain from consuming almond milk. Although almond milk and soy milk are similar in their allergic symptoms, sensitivity to almond might cause an additional difficulty in breathing and blockage of the airway.
Though higher in fat content, almond milk usually is less starchy than her counterpart. This, therefore, means than almond milk is a safe bet for those looking to cut down on those extra kilos.
With only 40 calories a cup, the unsweetened form of almond milk is unquestionably a dieter’s favourite. You should, however, note that both of them have the good fat. Fat in both types of milk is rich in omega 3 and six fatty acids which come a long way in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The fatty acids also put up a good fight against cardiovascular diseases.
Soy milk, on the other hand, is more abundant in protein value. A cup of soy milk contains 7g of proteins while a cup of almond milk only has 4g of it. Both are extraordinary regarding their vitamin B content. High consumption of Vitamin B is associated with quicker loss of weight.
Consequently, both are excellent sources of manganese, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and iron. Blood pressure and diseases can never win a fight against a body equipped with the above minerals.
One noteworthy plus of almond milk over soy milk is that the later is richer in manganese and Vitamin E making it better equipped in the fight against cancer and dry, flaky skin.
Almond milk can be hazardous if consumed by persons with thyroid deficiencies. Processed almond milk is known to contain chemicals that obstruct the intake of iodine into the thyroids. This results in the low functionality of the thyroids, high susceptibility to infection and fertile ground for pathogenic germs to breed.
The lack of iodine in a human body often results to goitre, a fact that has led to iodine been duped as a goitrogen. Almond is also a bad idea for small babies and people with nut allergies.
Medics have linked high consumption of soy milk to an increased likeability of contracting breast cancer. Soy milk brands in the market are known to sell milk with more-than-is- recommended sugar and chemical percentage.
Additionally, the milk has isoflavones which are linked to leukemia and thyroid problems. Other than that, the milk has phytoestrogen which is known to cause infertility in men and delayed puberty and reproductive issues in women. The high estrogen levels in soy milk make it dangerous for babies.
Similarities between Almond Milk and Soy Milk
Both have low calorie and fat levels. Additionally, both types of milk are known to have zero cholesterol, gluten, and Trans fats. We cannot also ignore the fact that both have a staggering amount of fats in them.
We can never say that one is better than the other, they all serve their respective purpose. When used by the right persons, for the right reasons, and in the allowable amounts, both types of milk can never disappoint.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.
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