One day, milk is a drink made by cows. According to the dairy industry, it still exists. But the “milk” of a typical supermarket tells a different story, with the growth of soy, almond, rice, hemp and lately, coconut milk and cashew. Then, how to choose the best kind of milk. We will provide an explanation of the comparison between Soy Milk vs. Coconut Milk, for those of you interested in replacing your dairy products, maybe this review will help, here’s the explanation.
Soy milk is made by mixing soaked soy beans with boiling water. It contains almost the same protein as cow’s milk (3.1g per 100ml compared with 3.4g). It has around half the fat of cow’s milk and a third fewer calories, making it a less fattening alternative to cow’s milk. But, like coconut milk, it is low in protein compared to cow’s milk. However, it also has a chemical that mimics oestrogen. These isoflavones are ‘endocrine disruptors’: chemicals that interfere with the normal function of hormones in the body. But according to some, soy does have health benefits, including the lowering of blood cholesterol levels and so helping to protect the heart. Real soy milk only lasts a couple of days in the refrigerator; it goes off very quickly because it’s real food. But processed soy milk lasts a long time without going sour.
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Coconut milk — we’re talking the refrigerated containers in the dairy case, not the cans in the international aisle — is made from grated coconut meat diluted to a thin, drinkable consistency with lots of water. The canned variety, by comparison, is extremely thick and used mainly for cooking. Unlike other plant milks, coconut milk contains saturated fat, about the same amount as whole milk. It also has very little protein and, unless it’s been fortified, no calcium. The big thing it has going for it, other than being lactose free and vegan, is its flavor, which is mildly sweet and creamy, making it a favorite over cereal and in coffee.
|Soy Milk||Coconut Milk|
|- Soy milk is a good source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin B-12, potassium, and isoflavones, plus it can be fortified with calcium and vitamin D||- Coconut milk is not a good source of protein|
|- Soy milk contains very little saturated fat||- Coconut milk contains high in saturated fat|
|- Soy milk contains as much protein as cow's milk, yet is lower in calories than whole milk and about equal to the calories in 1 percent or 2 percent milk||- Coconut milk may contain carrageenan, which may cause digestive issues in some people|
Overall, soy ‘milk’ is comparable in protein content to cow’s milk and is low in fat. Soy-based foods can help to manage cholesterol levels, although you need about 25g soy protein, or 3-4 glasses of soya milk a day, to achieve this. On the other hand, steer clear of coconut milk because it contains saturated fat, lots of it – 5 grams per cup. That’s the same amount of saturated fat that’s in a McDonald’s Cheeseburger.