In dairy industrial factories the animals are treated terribly and the milk is not necessary and can unhealthy :
In addition, there are serious environmental problems that dairy farms create.
The dairy-products industry is the primary source of smog-forming pollutants in California; a single cow emits more of these harmful gases than a car does.
The last common argument for a dairy free life is that cow’s milk is made for cows.
We are the only mammal that drinks the milk of another mammal—and we were just not meant to do that, as evidenced by our inadequate lactase production.
Intolerance and Allergies
Lactase is the enzyme produced in our small intestine that breaks down lactose, the natural sugar in any milk.
In toddler-hood we begin producing less lactase
It is the reduction of lactase that leads to lactose intolerance—which is the inability to properly digest milk.
Millions of Americans are lactose intolerant, and an estimated 90 percent of Asian-Americans and 75 percent of Native- and African-Americans suffer from the condition.
Lactose intolerance can cause bloating, gas, cramps, vomiting, headaches, rashes, and asthma.
Having a milk allergy is different: in this case the body has an allergic reaction to one or more of the proteins in milk (casein, whey, and lactalbumin).
Milk allergies can incite gastric distress, as well as skin problems like rashes and eczema, and runny noses or nasal
With all of that in mind, here’s a quick round up of the alternatives:
With only 2 grams of protein per 8 ounces, almond milk is not that impressive in the protein department—but almonds are one of the healthiest foods around. They’re rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, and calcium. Almond milk has a nice sweet, nutty flavor and a good consistency, which makes it good for drinking as well as a good dairy substitute in cooking.
Hemp milk is new to the US market and is made from seeds grown in Canada, where growing hemp is legal. It is a good source of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, calcium, and phosphorous, and is commonly fortified with other vitamins and minerals. One (very delicious) brand, Living Harvest, states that unlike soy protein, hemp protein doesn’t contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors, phytates, which can interfere with the proper assimilation of essential minerals, or oligosaccharides which cause flatulence and stomach distress.
Oat milk is gaining in popularity and availability. It is high in fiber, is cholesterol and lactose free, and contains vitamin E, folic acid, and other trace elements and minerals. Oats are also rich in phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It is said to be highly tolerated by people with multiple allergies—however it’s not good for people with gluten intolerance.
Rice milk is processed from brown rice and typically contains rice syrup, evaporated cane juice or another natural sweetener. It is usually fortified with calcium or vitamin D. It is generally very sweet, and pretty watery. The main drawback of rice milk is that it is mainly just a source of carbohydrates—it is a good dairy substitute for cooking, but shouldn’t be used as a replacement for nutrients.
***9 recipes for making milk alternatives HERE :http://isabella-vegan-page2.over-blog.com/article-making-milk-alternatives-53711863.html
this part is updated :
Times have changed with the food processing industries
The preponderance of GMO strains drifting into soy fields is alarming (it is estimated that 90 percent of soy is genetically modified), and people are increasingly acquiring quite serious allergies to soy.
The modern manufacturing processes of high-profit industries seems to make no effort to remove the potent toxins.
High levels of phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines are all present in soy products.
Soy milk is high in phytic acids which results in low absorption of certain minerals and vitamins.
***The level of phytoestrogen is high in soy milk .
Phytoestrogen : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens
Phytoestrogens that disrupt endocrine function and are potent antithyroid agents are present in vast quantities in soy, including the potentially devastating isoflavone Genistein.
Infants exclusively fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.
FYI / An high level of phytoestrogen can lead to early puberty and early developments of adolescents.
Soybeans contain isoflavones called genistein and daidzein, which are one source of phytoestrogens in the human diet. Because most naturally occurring estrogenic substances show weak activity, normal consumption of foods that contain these phytoestrogens should not provide sufficient amounts to elicit a physiological response in humans.
Plant lignans associated with high fiber foods such as cereal brans and beans are the principal precursor to mammalian lignans which have an ability to bind to human estrogen sites. Soybeans are a significant source of mammalian lignan precursor secoisolariciresinol containing 13–273 µg/100 g dry weight; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10702603
Another phytoestrogen in the human diet with estrogen activity is coumestans, which are found in beans, split-peas, with the best sources being alfalfa, clover, and soybean sprouts. Coumestrol, an isoflavone coumarin derivative is the only coumestan in foods. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11823590
Soybeans and processed soy foods are among the richest foods in total phytoestrogens (wet basis per 100g), which are present primarily in the form of the isoflavones daidzein and genistein.
A 2001 literature review suggested that women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when taking soy products, based on the effect of phytoestrogens to promote breast cancer cell growth in animals.
A 2006 commentary reviewed the relationship with soy and breast cancer. They stated that soy may prevent breast cancer, but cautioned that the impact of isoflavones on breast tissue needs to be evaluated at the cellular level in women at high risk for breast cancer.
A high consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in most types of vegetable oil including soybean oil, may increase the likelihood that postmenopausal women will develop breast cancer.
Another analysis suggests an inverse association between total polyunsaturated fatty acids and breast cancer risk.
Because of the phytoestrogen content, some studies have suggested that there is an inverse correlation between soybean ingestion and testosterone in men.
For this reason, they may protect against the development of prostate cancer.
Studies on the effects of soy on sperm concentration are equivocal, showing negative effect
no effect :
There is evidence that estrogen can help protect and repair the brain after injury, and it has been suggested that the phytoestrogens in soy may have a similar effect though this is controversial and there is also evidence that phytoestrogens may be harmful for the recover of rats that have sustained brain injury.
A study of Japanese men between 1965 and 1999 demonstrated a positive correlation between brain atrophy and consumption of tofu.
A study on elderly Indonesian men and women found that tempeh consumption was independently related to better memory.
[more links here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soybean#cite_note-84
Unfortunately i didn't find new reports , i would like to read one from 2009/2010, so if you find something PLS feel free to add as comment-thank you
Soy protein is a complete protein, according to the FDA, making it an important component in vegetarian and vegan diets.
- The soymilk made from a home soy milk maker contains about 7 grams of protein.
It is one of the various soy products available.
Soy milk is also referred to as soya milk, soy juice or soyabean milk. This beverage can be prepared at home with the help of soy milk machine or some kitchen tools.
One easy way to make it is by soaking soybeans and then grinding them with water. This liquid is then strained, which in turn gives soy milk.
The soy milk which is available in the market contains added calcium and vitamins. These added nutrients can cause organic soy milk dangers, which in the long run can cause a lot of internal damage to the person consuming it.
In order to give it a milky appearance, it is mixed with oil, water, sugar, stabilizer, etc.
Many people opt for different flavors of soy milk, like vanilla and chocolate flavor.
- Ingredients in Soy Milk :
- Protein - 3.5%
- Fat - 2%
- Carbohydrate - 2.9%
Everything in this world comes along with its pros and cons and so does soy milk. Hence, before consuming soy milk, we should consider both, its potential dangers as well as it benefits .
Soy milk is good and healthy : as long as you buy 100% organic. Anything not labeled organic is most probably made from GMO soy ( about 90% of all soy in USA is GMO)
AND we have not to forget :
***The healthiest way to enjoy soybeans is in its fermented form like miso or natto.
*** The fermentation enhances the health properties of soy.
more links about SOYA:
Ignore the anti-soya scaremongers :There's no evidence that soya is harmful to humans. In fact, both we and the planet would benefit tremendously from eating more.HERE:
here it is different : http://www.naturalhealthstrategies.com/dangers-of-soy.html
and if you google ""Soya and health problems"" , you will find pages and pages ( negative or positive ) about the subject....
I would like to finish with this Shakyr 's comment let on our Facebook vegan page :