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verdict on soy milk? other lactose-free milk? 
21st-Sep-2013 07:30 pm
Hi all,

I hear mixed things about soy milk, and I'm not sure if I should have this as a dairy substitute or not. I'm still new to the diet / transition part of veganism, but being vegetarian all my life, the main things that I've had to work on are dairy. And sometimes it's strange to find for example, ice cream or yogurt containing egg or gelatin - so weird to me! Anyway, I'd like to hear your thoughts on soy - IF I am not allergic of course, how many servings of soy milk is 'safe' or are the dangers of soy not true? It seems that for women it can be a danger, because it mimics the estrogen hormone, but I don't think I'm in any danger of that, or having excess estrogen...

Does the same go for other soy products, like soy beans, tofu? The only thing that's frustrating is the fact that, if I'm out, at say a café with friends, I have to pay extra for the soy milk in my coffee or tea, and I never understood that...

Anyway, I am allergic to tree nuts but I can handle coconut milk. I just wanted to incorporate soy milk more, but only if it was safe and healthy to do so. Thanks everyone!
22nd-Sep-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
I work in a coffee shop, and you have to pay extra for soy because soy milk is more expensive for us to purchase than cow's milk. (I know, it sucks.)

You'd have to consume a LOT of soy for any health risks to be a concern. Don't drink a gallon of soy every day, or base all of your meals around soy foods, and you'll be fine. There are some health conditions where doctors suggest you shouldn't have soy, such as hypothyroidism or interstitial cystitis, but a healthy person isn't going to experience ill effects from a few servings of soy per day.

You can also try rice or hemp milk. They're available at most health food stores.

Edited at 2013-09-22 12:07 am (UTC)
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