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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!
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22nd-Sep-2013 04:46 am (UTC)
The site I started with is Not Milk back in 2001. In fact, I quit dairy before I quit meat, because I heard a radio program a few days after the World Trade Center blew up, where the NotMilk man, Robert Cohen, was saying that if you wanted to produce less mucus and breathe easier—and at the time the air in New York City was full of soot raining down—you should quit dairy. Period. So I switched to soy, because that was what was most available at the time.

I've never limited my intake of soy foods, although I try to vary my intake of protein sources. Currently, my favorite non-dairy milk is oat milk, because it has a pleasant flavor and the brand—Pacific—I get doesn't add sweeteners to it.

Although I love tofu, I'm aware it's wise to eat more tempeh because it's a whole food that incorporates the whole soybean. Or, there are even Okara burgers that are made from the fiber that's left after the soymilk is extracted.

Lastly, I eat as much soy as I damn please, because I've been going through menopause and soy is extremely beneficial to menopausal women. I have not had a hot flash in all the time I was perimenopausal or since I stopped menstruating, and I'm fond of telling people that menopause has been a non-event.
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