Vegan soy milk is available at any grocery, and offers numerous advantages over cows’ milk as well as many plant-based milks.
While you can certainly make it at home, the results will likely be disappointing compared to a commercial version. That’s because when soybeans are cooked, a certain protein becomes denatured and gives the resultant milk an odd flavor. Most commercial brands use a special process to remove this denatured protein, which results in much better tasting milk than you can make at home.
Soy milk has plenty of protein and is much lower in saturated fat than cow’s milk. It’s far more nutritious than almond milk, and often contains six or seven times as much protein. You can purchase soy milk in aseptic shelf-stable packaging, or in cartons alongside cow’s milk in your grocery store.
Soy milk is a fantastic source of protein. A typical brand carries a whopping seven grams of protein per cup, which compares to one gram for many rice or almond milks, and zero grams for coconut milk.
Don’t believe the dairy industry’s claims that their product is a uniquely good source of calcium. Many soy milk brands are calcium fortified, and offer even more calcium per serving than cows’ milk.
Consider choosing an unsweetened brand—you’ll get a pleasant, nutty flavor without a big dose of sugar.
Vegan Soy Milk Brands:
- Pacific Natural Foods
- So Delicious
- Soy Dream
- Trader Joe’s
- West Soy
- 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods Brand)