I am tired of soy milk - my non dairy option since I could no longer stomach a glass of regular whole milk as a child. Some reasons for my tiredness?
- More than 90% of Soy crops are genetically modified
- In excess, it is believed that the naturally occurring Isoflavone compounds in soy, which is a type of Phytoestrogen, can possibly imbalance and overload the amount of estrogen in your body
- Linked to hormonal imbalances, hyperthyroidism, digestive disorders and possibly cancer
Granted soy has some great benefits as well especially if consumed in fermented forms such as miso, tempeh and natto (my fav!). But I figured given that soy is already a big staple in the american diet - from being in most processed foods to being a food source for many animals that we end up consuming - I should probably find another non-dairy alternative to soy milk. So I checked out Oat milk, Quinoa milk, Hemp milk, Coconut milk and Cashew milk.
Cashew Milk: The thickest milk by far, mimics traditionally thick soy milk and whole regular milk. Doesn't taste like cashews.
Quinoa Milk: It has a really nutty flavor! You get over it after the first sip/bite. Shake really well.
Coconut Milk: Not too thick or thin. No strong coconut taste. One of my favorites.
Oat Milk: Unnecessarily sweet and thick.
Hemp Milk: Least favorite. Separated easily even after shaking it up. Tastes fine.
Highest and lowest fat
Highest - Hemp, Lowest - Quinoa
highest and lowest protein
Highest - Oat, Lowest - Coconut, Cashew
Highest and lowest sugar
Highest - Oat, Lowest - Cashew, Coconut, Hemp
highest and lowest carbs
Highest - Oat, Lowest - Cashew, Coconut
highest and lowest sodium
Highest - Hemp, Lowest - Quinoa, Coconut
Depending on what you are looking for in your soy milk alternative (low fat, high in protein, etc) you have a variety of options. I was looking for a great tasting milk, that didn't separate and is low in fat, hence why my choice is the Quinoa milk. A close second is Coconut or Cashew Milk.