Along with other dairy substitutes, soy milk has become increasingly popular in recent years. As individuals become more concerned with their health, they are starting to seek substitutes for traditional cow’s milk, which while nutritious, also raises cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In this regard, soy seems to be an excellent choice for those with diabetes. However, as with many other foods it has its own unique side effects, which must be taken into account.
Milk made from this legume has similar nutritional properties to traditional cow’s milk, but does not strongly impact blood sugar, contain lactose or increase one’s levels of LDL(bad) cholesterol. On average, one cup of soy milk contains 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein, is a good source of potassium and can be an excellent source of calcium if it is fortified with the mineral. Recent studies have also shown that this plant beverage may play a role in reducing high blood pressure in individuals with diabetic neuropathy. Drinking two to three cups a day of soy milk is advised in order to get the drink’s full benefits.
There are a few things to consider when it comes to consuming any sort of soy product. To start, while these legumes have rich nutritional value, they are also a common allergen food that many individuals may not be able to enjoy. If you or someone you know is trying soy products for the first time, then exercise caution by only eating small amounts of it initially. Aside from this, these legumes are thought to strongly affect both genders because of a plant compound they contain that is similar to the female hormone estrogen. Taking this into account, all individuals should be wary of how much soy they consume, particularly when it comes to menopausal women and developing children. However, if taken in proper amounts, soy milk is relatively safe and can be consumed regularly with little worry.
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