Benefits of Soybean Milk

Soybean Milk and Soy BeansHands up all those who love soybean milk?

*waving hands frantically in the air*

I absolutely love soybean milk. When I was in Malaysia, the soybean milk and tau foo fah man would drive by my neighbourhood almost everyday, clinking his spoon on his very old bowl, signalling to all that soybean milk and “tau foo fah” was here. Mmmm.

If you love soybean milk, good. Drink up, ‘cos it’s very good for your health.

Do you know that soybean oil (a protein-rich emmolient which is derived from soybeans) is really good on our skin too? For starters, it’s full of fatty acids. Fatty acids are key in maintaining and restoring health and balance of our skin. Soybean milk is also full of antioxidants such as vitamin E and B complex, which help restore the radiance of our skin.

Each cup of soy milk contains about 20 mg isoflavones (mainly genistein and daidzein). Cow’s milk does not contain isoflavones. Isoflavones have many health benefits including reduction of cholesterol, easing of menopause symptoms, prevention of osteoporosis and reduction of risk for certain cancers (e.g. breast cancer). Incidents of these cancers are very low in countries with high intake of soy products, including soy milk. Isoflavones are also antioxidants which protect our cells and DNA against oxidation.

For those of you who are lactose-intolerant, you can try soybean milk instead. It’s not the best of substitutes though, as there is a lack of calcium in soybean milk compared to regular dairy milk. Many soy milk manufacturers are adding calcium into their products, but studies show that it’s not as healthy as naturally-occurring calcium. Not to worry though, as calcium is easily obtainable from other sources such as sardines, almonds, other legumes, and several varieties of green leafy veggies (e.g. kale).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cup of pandan soybean milk to devour.

Pandan Soybean Milk

Care to join me?

Source: Organic Passion, The Joy of Soy, Improve Your World

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11 comments… add one
  1. plue

    though i wud love to tell you i love soybean milk, but i hate it in fact.
    maybe cuz i used to drink it in packet drinks. ugh. *was forced by parents*
    the home made ones are better, and i can take those without feeling much hatred. 😛

  2. ParisB

    ahah… i hate soy milk too. I hate anything soy actually so I take limited quantities of tau foo fah and tofu and foo chuk and no soy milk whatsoever! Its nothing to do with soy, its the taste I abhor.

  3. Kristin

    I LOVE soybean milk too!! 😀

    I’ve never heard of pandan soybean milk though.

    Oh wait, I think my parents do put some pandan leaves into the mixture when we’re making our organic homemade soybean milk 😉

    It doesn’t look that green :S hmmm

    oh btw, I’ve updated the feed list! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  4. Jenn

    I guess soybean drink is one of the few things from the soy family that i actually take! I dislike tofu, tau foo pok, tau foo fa and almost everything from the “tau” family very very much!! >.<

    But Pandan Soybean milk! i’ll have to try that someday! 😀

  5. prettybeautiful

    pandan soybean milk? O_o where to get it?

    i lurve lurve lurve soybean! there is a soybean truck oppo my office, and i drink it SO often. I prefer non-sugar or just a little bit with the gula melaka. however….

    why isnt my skin smoooth???

  6. sesame

    I like drinking this and eating the soybean curd! Just had it in the afternoon in fact. But I don’t like those soybean milk in packet form – taste very plastic to me. :p

  7. geekchic

    Yums! My favourite! Tau foo fah, soy bean milk. Eh have you tried Michael Jackson? Leong fun + Soy bean milk. FUIYOH! Excellent on a hot day, I tell ya! And try pak-pak (white-white) ie tau foo fah + soy bean milk instead of syrup. Less sweet but oh so good.

    Pretty beautiful: I think it’s a myth that if you drink lots of it, you’ll get smooth skin 🙂 They used to say ipoh girls drink a lot of that, that’s why they’re so fair and have got smooth skin. Well, I fit the criteria of ipoh girls, drink a lot of that but somehow the smooth skin has eluded me as well!

  8. prettybeautiful

    geekchic: yeah i think it is only a myth 🙁 but its ok since i like to drink it anyway, who knows one day i may just wake up with silky smooth skin miraculously.. ehe

  9. dustbunny

    loove soy milk and other soy products like taho except tofu.. though i like tofu when its friend and the outer surface has a cruncchy crust…

  10. curious

    i have 1 question to ask which i’m always argue with my friends about this… 😀
    is it soybean not good for male in producing sperm?

    sorry 4 asking this kind of question..hehe 🙂

  11. dd

    woa didn’t know soybean is so good. i like soybean milk (: should probably drink it more often then!

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