To soy or not to soy? – that is the question!

I regularly get asked my views on consuming soy milk versus cow’s milk.  There is so much conflicting evidence both for and against either variety that it can lead to confusion and at times, a reluctance to drink either.
My stance on this matter is simple; everything in moderation.

A majority of my clients associate their consumption of cow’s milk with bloating, loose stooles, formation of respiratory mucus leading to sinus and other respiratory issues and for some it can be associated with difficulty conceiving.

On the other hand, soy milk has been implicated with the use of genetically modified soy beans and in large doses can affect existing thyroid function and contribute to hormonally dependent conditions.

For those who worry about the oestrogenic (or phyto-oestrogenic content of soy) I reiterate my original statement – everything in moderation! One must remember that cow’s milk comes from a cow – a female mammal.  Hence like breast milk, it will also contain oestrogen that circulates through that mammal.  Unlike the plant oestrogen found in soy, mammalian forms of oestrogen have a far more potent action in your body.

In short – if you know that cow’s milk or soy milk disagree with you, avoid them.  If you are going to consume either, always choose organic.  A2 cow’s milk is associated with far fewer health risks and is easier to digest than A1 cow’s milk. If you plan to use soy milk as one of your major sources of dietary calcium then choose a fortified soy and always select a soy milk that is made with the whole soy bean.

Finally, food is an integral part of life and meant to be enjoyed – if you’re unsure about what you’re eating come and talk to us at Vita!