There are countless reasons not to drink cow’s milk, and soy milk is a delicious alternative. Soy milk is widely available, and virtually every grocery store carries at least one brand. While you can certainly make soy milk 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 soy milk companies 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, is usually fortified with calcium, 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 milk cartons alongside cow’s milk in your grocery store.
Consider choosing an unsweetened brand—you’ll get a pleasant, nutty flavor without a big dose of sugar. Like all vegan food, soy milk is cholesterol-free.