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May 2, 2012 6:12 AM
What are the benefits of drinking one versus the other?

I've noticed that almond milk has less calories than either soy or regular milk, and for that reason I am tempted to purchase it. On the other hand, I wonder if almond milk lacks some nutrients that I can only get from cow's milk...?

I am not a vegan/vegetarian and I really don't want this to turn into that kind of debate, just want some brief info if one or the other is better, or if they're about the same...

Thanks drinker
May 2, 2012 6:28 AM
I just started drinking almond milk, I just like the taste soo much better :) I know I'm not much help. lol
May 2, 2012 6:29 AM
I buy all three. LMAO
May 2, 2012 6:30 AM
I use almond milk in my cereal and protein shakes.
May 2, 2012 6:31 AM
I go with just Almond nowadays. Soy isn't particularly recommended for men and regular milk was giving me stomach problems (mild lactose intolerance I think). Almond is all round win for me. I go with the Silk brand because it doesn't have any Carageenan in it.
May 2, 2012 6:32 AM
I think that almond milk has comparable nutrition considering milk was and is never a primary source of any nutrition for me. It's more like a vehicle for things like protein powder. I really like the idea of cutting most dairy out of my diet and almond milk really does taste delicious so I've been happy with that switch.

I won't touch soy anything with a 33 1/2 foot pole.
May 2, 2012 6:37 AM
Almond milk has less calories, less carbs, twice as much calcium, less protein and a little more sodium. With that said I love my almond milk!!!
May 2, 2012 6:38 AM
I drink Silk Vanilla Lite Soy milk. I love the taste, and I use it in my protein shakes. I can eat cereal again too! I have heard (no I don't have time to hit up Google Scholar :D ) that some women with a certain history of breast cancer should watch their soy intake (something about phytoestrogen increasing estrogen-uptake cancer risks). I can't imgaine a half-cup of soy milk pushing someone over the "safe" limit unless they were also drinking soy protein shakes, eating a pound of tofu and snakcing on edamame.

I haven't noticed any unpleasant side effects of drinking the soy milk. I have noticed that I feel better now that I am not subjecting myself to low grade lactose intolerance everyday.
May 2, 2012 6:43 AM
Thanks guys! I really don't drink milk very often least not by itself - As Liddybit said, I generally use it as a "vehicle" for protein shakes and if I'm baking something :-)

I think I'll stick with almond for a while and cut the cals :-)
May 2, 2012 6:56 AM
Cow's milk should be taken out of our diet completely, our bodies were not ever meant to have it! I can't remember everything by detail but here's a good article that I follow that helped me when I had the same question You should check out the rest of her blog (Kimberly Snyder). Her book is good too.
May 2, 2012 7:00 AM
Unsweetened almond milk is great because there is barely any sugar. Soy is great because 1, its delicious, and 2, it has more protein than almond. I have never been a big fan of regular milk. I dont dislike it on principle, I just prefer the other two.
May 2, 2012 7:01 AM
I can't get over how many people say almond milk is "delicious". I'll use it in a protein shake but there's no way I could drink it straight cuz I think it tastes nasty. OTOH, I've only ever had the Blue Diamond vanilla almond millk, the kind that doesn't have to be refrgerated until opened. Am I missing something?
May 2, 2012 7:02 AM
I've switched to unsweetened almond milk...Silk has more calcium than milk, and less stomach problems for this old girl :)
May 2, 2012 7:25 AM
I think it will vary from person to person as to what's best. My doctor advised that I stick with cow's milk because I have hypothyroidism. Though the medicine helps, for me, foods that affect the thyroid can trigger symptoms. Unfortunately, soy and almonds can both limit the thyroid's function, so I have to stay away from products that use them (more unfortunate for almonds as I love almonds).
May 2, 2012 7:44 AM
I just started drinking soy (the Silk Light kind) and I will never go back. It's fewer calories, and tastes soooo much better than dairy milk. I like the nutty flavor.
May 2, 2012 8:06 AM
I like soy, because it's less sugar and more protein than the almond milk that I've found.
May 2, 2012 8:08 AM
I wasn't a fan of the almond milk so I get the vanilla soy lite. It seems to be the best for me.
May 2, 2012 8:10 AM
We are a unsweetened vanilla almond milk family.......Silk brand. Soy isn't an option since more than half the family is VERY allergic to soy. I don't drink it straight, but use it in everything. My kids drink it straight and don't mind it. They love when I buy the chocolate almond milk as a treat.
May 2, 2012 8:10 AM
Tried almond and soy milk and didn't like it. Of course, I grew up milking a cow and bringing the milk into the house to use for breakfast. I love cows milk and find ways to work it into my diet.
Edited by cabaray On May 2, 2012 8:12 AM
May 2, 2012 8:11 AM

I can't get over how many people say almond milk is "delicious". I'll use it in a protein shake but there's no way I could drink it straight cuz I think it tastes nasty. OTOH, I've only ever had the Blue Diamond vanilla almond millk, the kind that doesn't have to be refrgerated until opened. Am I missing something?

Try the refrigerated Silk brand milk. I think it tastes so much better......
May 2, 2012 8:14 AM
I go for the unsweetened almond milk its only 35 to 40 calories a cup depending on which brand you buy...
May 2, 2012 8:46 AM
I use Silk Almond Milk in my cereal and smoothies...taste better, less calories, more calcium and lactose free (those were the reasons I chose it). I stopped drinking Soy Milk because it is known to raise estrogen levels.
Edited by mogriff1 On May 2, 2012 8:51 AM
May 2, 2012 8:48 AM
I like raw cows milk or almond milk. There seems to be so much controversy with soy so I try to avoid it in any foods. Your best bet would probably be the almond milk if you can't get any raw dairy.
May 2, 2012 8:58 AM
I don't drink milk, because my body does not agree with it. I stick with unsweetened almond milk and soy milk. Soy milk for my coffee and almond milk for cereal or shakes and smoothies. Personally, I love almond milk but I do think there is a slight aftertaste that I don't like in coffee. Calorie wise unsweetened almond is better, but there is more protein in soy.
Edited by heatgal976 On May 2, 2012 8:59 AM
May 2, 2012 9:11 AM
I just didn't care for the taste of Almond Milk, so I've been using the Vanilly Lite Soy for the last year or so. Love it on my cereal, and like the added protein.

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