The Verdict on Soy: The Good, the Bad and the Questionable
There's a lot of conflict and confusion about soy: Does it prevent or cause cancer? Does it protect your heart and ease menopause symptoms? iVillage Health Editor-at-large, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, sets the record straight
The answer is yes. Soy milk, a low-allergen food, is often used as a substitute for infants and children with an allergy to milk proteins (casein), and for adults with lactose intolerance (an inability to digest milk sugar). It’s a perfect alternative: Like cow’s milk, soy milk is naturally rich in protein, fiber and B-vitamins. Both soy and cow’s milk are fortified with Vitamin D, providing 50 percent of the recommended intake in one serving. Unlike cow’s milk, soy milk is low in calcium, so it is fortified to match the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of cow’s milk (about 25 to 35 percent of the recommended intake). In terms of taste, soy milk has a notable, slightly sweet taste, compared with cow’s milk.