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July 29, 2012 8:47 AM
I have read that soy mimics estrogen in the body which can impact fertility and upset the normal hormone balance. From what I understand, fermented soy, like what is often found in Asian diets, is a bit different because the fermentation process reduces some of these effects. There is soy in so many packaged foods in the US, and it is not the fermented kind - I found a soy product in my herbal tea recently. So for myself I am trying to avoid loading up on it where I can.

I don't really understand it enough to give advice, and don't want to spread misinformation, but there is lots of information available online, from both sides of the argument.
July 29, 2012 8:50 AM
There's a lot of speculation and rumour online, but little in the way of scientific tests.

I switched to it during menopause because I WANTED any oestrogen mimicking properties. But I accept that it wont be everyone's choice.
July 29, 2012 8:51 AM
I prefer it straight from the utter, although I live on a farm and I'm not afraid of real food.
July 29, 2012 8:52 AM
I usually drink either soy or almond milk (purely because I prefer the taste) and I think they're both OK. I don't really look at the processing/negative effects, mostly because it's a lifestyle choice for me rather than a health choice.

Hope that helps in a small way :)
July 29, 2012 8:53 AM

I use raw pumpkin seed milk. I make it at home in a blender, no straining needed, cheaper, lots of nutrients...
I sweeten mine with stevia for less calories and sugar. Add some raw cacao and a few ice cubes for a healthy chocolate shake.

Video on how to make:


Wow, this sounds interesting...thanks for posting this reply...
July 29, 2012 8:54 AM
where's the regular milk option?
July 29, 2012 8:54 AM
I have had the coconut water "straight" out of the container and it was horrible! :( I've heard, however, it is great to use in other things, though I have not tried it! I'm not a big fan of coconut to start off with, but you may like it if you enjoy that taste already!
July 29, 2012 8:54 AM
I have done soy, almond, and So Delicious Coconut Beverage (lower calorie and sodium than all the rest). I am lactose intolerant and actually went back to drinking lactose free milk. I do not get enough potassium (allergic to bananas) and the lactose free milk provides the most. Here are my thoughts on all:

1. Almond - yummy
2. So Delicious coconut - yummy nice change once in a while.
3. Soy - left really bad grainy feeling in my mouth. Drank the whole thing but still could not get past the texture.
4. Coconut water - loads of potassium but not worth the price.

Will have to try the almond/coconut blend when out of my current one.
Edited by Tazsmitten On July 29, 2012 8:56 AM
July 29, 2012 8:55 AM

I prefer it straight from the utter, although I live on a farm and I'm not afraid of real food.

for some of us it is not about being afraid of real food's about our bodies not being able to process dairy. just an FYI
July 29, 2012 8:57 AM
I use almond milk. Soy I am allergic to and it causes goiters for me. Coconut also allergic to. Otherwise I would try it. I am curious about the flax milk. Hmmm
July 29, 2012 8:57 AM
Have no idea which is better - soy's higher in protein, but I used to drink "light" to get rid of some of the fat. Almond milk's my favorite, I drink it unsweetened and alternate between "vanilla" and "original". I just bought a coconut/almond milk blend, unsweetened, that I'm going to try in the next week or so. Coconut milk is usually high in saturated fat, just an FYI.
July 29, 2012 8:57 AM
I love the almond milk... I usually drink the almond/coconut blend.
July 29, 2012 8:58 AM
I like soy milk chocolate soy milk to be exact. I haven't tried almond milk or coconut milk because I don't think any of the stores around where I live have it. I could be wrong. I know they have soy milk. Before I started drinking soy milk I drank 2% milk which I still do every now and then but I think I just have a taste for soy milk.
Edited by MandaPaigeSparkles88 On July 29, 2012 8:58 AM
July 29, 2012 8:58 AM

Flax milk.
25 calories per cup plus omega 3's.

were do you find that at?
July 29, 2012 9:00 AM
my vote is for soy milk. I have it in my oatmeal (sometimes- usually I make it with water though), in my tea, in recipes. I can't have almond milk as i'm allergic to almonds.
July 29, 2012 9:00 AM
I prefer soy for the low sugar... almond.. idr if there was a sugar free... but i remember having an option with almond that was almost water like to get the "best" option.. so I thought.. hmmmm this is like I'm paying for water kinda....

So the soy milk I like the taste mainly... that's the reason and sugar as I mentioned...
July 29, 2012 9:00 AM
moo cow milkdrinker
July 29, 2012 9:02 AM
Why not skim milk?
July 29, 2012 9:04 AM
Has anyone tried hemp milk? I keep seeing the Tempt brand in the stores but haven't braved trying it out. I usually do Silk Light Soy, but I'm almost out and I think I'm going to check out the almond/coconut blend.
July 29, 2012 9:04 AM
Coconut milk is full of saturated fat but don't let that mislead you. It is a great product, with a very unique fat make up that is very beneficial for exercise, especially if you are on a low carbohydrate diet. Cocounut oil for cooking is also great for this reason.

Also, calories per cup, coconut milk is much lower than even skim milk. It is only slightly calories more per cup than almond milk. I don't know much about soy, and do not eat it, so I don't have much to offer in that regard.

Stay away from the sugary versions of all of them. You can get unsweetened if you look for it. And unsweetened is not the same as regular. Watch out!
July 29, 2012 9:07 AM
I just tried almond milk on my cereal and like not only the taste but the texture. My grandson, who is allergic to soy, milk, and all nuts, drinks rice milk (he's 2). I have noticed that the rice milk tends to separate when it sits for a bit. I'm not sure what that means in terms of taste, but it certainly doesn't look very appetizing.
July 29, 2012 9:09 AM
Almond milk, vanilla flavor. love it. The dark chocolate flavor is a nice after dinner treat as well!
July 29, 2012 9:23 AM
I've just recently given up drinking soya milk and blow 'n' behold my weight has been easier to control. I was off it for 2 weeks, I had to go back and drink the remaining calton in my cuboard (don't like waste) and it was like drinking milk which had been heavily laid with added sugar dispite the calton saying No added sugar! I ended up throwing the rest of the soya milk down the sink. what a waste of money. I believe it's not a natural product. alas:- enters coconut milk & almond!bigsmile
July 29, 2012 9:29 AM
Good ol fashion moo milk.... i have tried almond milk unsweetened and it wasnt bad.....made my protein shakes a little thicker.... i drink skim milk tho...
July 29, 2012 9:32 AM
@mandypizzle: coconut water is the liquid inside the young (tender) coconuts, before it solidifies into the white flesh that we eat and make the milk from. It's definitely not a substitute for milk at all, but is a delicious, nutritious and refreshing drink. As far as I know you can only get it fresh from the tree (I live in India where it is sold on the side of the road all over). A whole coconut drink is only 24 calories and is high in protein, low in fat and high in carbs. You obviously don't live in a tropical country, because you'd know about it, but if you visit one ever, be sure to try it, it's amazing smile


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