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A thick, milk-like drink made from soy beans and water, often with sweeteners, flavours, vitamins and minerals, or preservatives (though even with none, soy milk lasts a long time compared to cow's milk) added. Very popular in Asia, and gaining popularity in North America, mostly among vegetarians and vegans, but also with people who are lactose intolerant, have a milk allergy, or who have ulcers or stomach problems and can't digest animal milk. Soy milk has a much richer taste and feel than cow's milk. My favourite brand is VitaSoy. Yum!

Soy milk is a replacement for real milk, for those who either can't stomach lactose or are vegan. Soy milk contains no animal fat (so no cholesterol) and actually has fiber, unlike regular milk. Brands include Edensoy and Westsoy (this author prefers the former).
Dr. Weil (drweil.com) claims that drinking soy milk is a way of "getting all the benefits of cow's milk, without the problems"
A web page extolling the benefits of soy can be found at http://www.mayohealth.org/mayo/9705/htm/soy.htm
Soy milk can be made at home by adding 1 part soy flour (not toasted) to 3 parts boiling water, simmering for 20 minutes, and straining.
Soy milk is useful for people who cannot or will not drink regular milk. And it's also a really great drink for those of us who like milk and drink it regularly. I recently was introduced to Chocolate Soy Milk by a friend, and have become addicited. It's chocolatier than regular chocolate milk, and has protein to boot!!

I'd normally be worried about developing a chocolate milk problem, but soy milk is very low fat and remarkably good for me. Yeah!!

If you want to try a good chocolate soy milk, I'd recommend Silk's.
Soy milk is an excellent drink for women.
  • The milk industry, which is responsibile for every ad you've ever seen talking about how good milk is for you, recommends that women drink milk to prevent osteoporosis. But animal proteins actually weaken bones and milk doesn't have enough calcium to make up for the damage it does-so you actually end up worse off. Soy milk, however, doesn't have animal proteins and is often (probably usually) fortified with calcium. (Leafy greens are also a good source of calcium for those wanting to make sure they get enough.)
  • Soy consumption has been linked to lower rates of oestrogen-driven or related cancers (breast cancer and perhaps cancers of the female reproductive system.
  • According to totally unofficial sources, many women enjoy chocolate when they're having problems with PMS (okay, and it tends to be a human favourite in general, but it seems that it's especially true to help pain/mood-problems/whatever the motivation might be during the premenstrual time) and chocolate soy milk is a great way to satisfy the chocolate craving without the fat one would get from non-vegan sources.

Soy milk can be really super delicious. Some's a tad bitter though; it's important to pick a brand that suits your taste.

When I first tried soy milk, I was at my friend's house; his entire family is more or less lactose intolerant so I didn't have much choice but to down the stuff, which, ironically, I found extremely unpalatable. I guess soy milk isn't something you can jump right in to. Too bad, because it's really quite nutritious.

I don't eat meat but I'm not vegan, I just don't eat meat, you see. Soy milk is an abundant source of proteins and vitamin E, if you can get past the taste.

Eventually I was introduced to the delight of chocolate soy milk, which eased me into the whole soy milk phenomenon. I started brewing chai tea in 'Silk' brand vanilla soy milk, which is very likely the most scrumptious thing in the world. It's very filling and warm and homey. My chai tea mostly consists of "sweet" spices such as cloves and nutmeg and ginger and cinnamon, and Earl Grey tea, and honey. Maybe vanilla, which makes the tea vanilla on vanilla on ambrosia. You can my chai tea recipe here, as well as a few other ones!

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