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Trying to find the best soy milk for yourself? Comparing Two Types of Soy Milk: Protein-Based vs. Whole Soy Bean

Soy milk is a popular plant-based alternative to dairy, offering various nutritional benefits. There are so many types and sometimes it can be quite overwhelming. This article will help you look at soy milk differently so help you understand them better.

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There are mainly two primary types of soy milk, one derived from soy protein and the other whole soybeans, cater to diverse preferences. You will need to check the ingredient list to find out which type the specific product uses.

Let's explore the pros and cons of each.

Soy Protein-Based Soy Milk:


  1. Cheaper in price (usually): These are usually house brand soy milk and sometimes brand name use them too.

  2. Smooth Texture: This type often has a smoother and creamier texture, making it a favorable choice for coffee, smoothies, and baking.


  1. Processing Impact: The extraction process to obtain soy protein may involve more extensive processing, potentially leading to a loss of some naturally occurring nutrients.

  2. Less Fiber: Soy protein-based soy milk may contain less fiber compared to its whole bean counterpart.

  3. Using soy protein isolate: This may not be the best choice for certain medical conditions.

Whole Soy Bean-Based Soy Milk:


  1. Nutrient-Rich: Whole soy bean-based soy milk retains more of the bean's natural nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

  2. Minimal Processing: The production process is often less refined, preserving the inherent nutritional value of the soybeans.


  1. The drink may settle at the bottom of the container: You may need to give it a shake to redistribute the content.

  2. Slightly Earthy Flavor: Some people find that whole soy bean-based soy milk has a slightly earthier taste, which may be an acquired preference.

In conclusion, choosing between protein-based and whole soy bean-based soy milk depends on individual dietary preferences and nutritional goals. Both options offer valuable nutrients, and selecting the right one involves weighing the pros and cons based on personal needs and taste preferences. Just remember to check to make sure calcium is added to the amount of minimum 100mg calcium per 100 ml of the soy milk.


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