The benefits of soy milk may outweigh the dangers for many, but this is not true for everyone. How this milk alternative will affect your body depends heavily on your current state of health.
Its dangers are threatening to those that have a rather specific medical history (e.g., breast cancer or hypothyroidism).
Soy milk is the product of soaked soy beans and water. That is it. Well, depending on your personal taste. Like the other milk alternatives, you simply blend, strain, and enjoy. It is available in a variety of flavors: unsweetened, sweetened, chocolate, and vanilla.
Soy milk is rich in some essential vitamins and minerals. It is a significant source of: fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and protein. In comparison to other milks in the market, it is a healthy choice. Soy milk is nutritionally comparable to skimmed milk. So the fact that it is low-calorie, like skimmed milk, seems to support the weight-loss claims.
Also, the fatty acids inhibit the absorption of fat in the body. Finally, soy milk’s fiber content really helps! It allows the body to feel fuller. Feeling fuller longer means eating less, so I suppose this milk does promote weight loss.
One of the highly promoted benefits of soy milk is it is ability to improve the heart. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have protective powers in the blood vessels. They help prevent hemorrhage and lesions. These fatty acids also keep free radicals from wreaking havoc and cholesterol deposits from forming in the lining of the vessels. They also increase the flexibility of cells, which in turn makes them more resilient to blood pressure.
The milk has zero cholesterol and mostly unsaturated fat. Research has also suggested that regular consumption of soy may lead to a decrease in low density lipoproteins (LDLs or “bad cholesterol”) and an increase in high density liproproteins (HDLs or “good cholesterol”).
While there may be wonderful benefits of soy milk for some, it can cause great harm for others.
One major concern is soy’s effect on the thyroid’s function in the body. Researchers believe the isoflavone geinstein may prevent the thyroid from functioning optimally (hypothyroidism). This is a concern for people that already suffer from hypothyroidism or even an iodine deficiency. This gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormone. Its primary function is to regulate the body’s metabolism. Symptoms include: Fatigue, weight gain, extreme difficulty in losing weight, depression, constipation, increased sensitivity to cold, hair loss and rough, dry skin.
If left untreated, these symptoms progress into life-threatening issues such as extreme depression or even heart failure.