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A Review: Soy Milk

 

Soy MIlk has the same properties of cow’s milk in regards to just about everything and is in fact a little better! Here is an excerpt from http://www.indoindians.com/food/soy.htm

Let’s compare 100-gram portions (3.5 ounces) of soymilk vs. cow’s milk: 

Cow’s milk has 61 calories. Soymilk has 33 calories.

Cow’s milk contains 3.34 grams of fat. Soymilk contains 1.91 grams of fat. 

Cow’s milk has 14 milligrams of cholesterol and no dietary fiber. Soymilk contains 1.3 grams of fiber and has zero cholesterol. 

Cow’s milk contains a full range of amino acids. Soymilk also contains a full range of amino acids. Both contain plenty of protein. Cow’s milk actually has one- half gram more protein than the 100-gram portion of soymilk. 

As for the nine essential amino acids in protein necessary for sustaining life, cow’s milk and soy milk contain nearly identical amounts, but cow’s milk does win this one by a whisker, containing a mere one-fifth of a gram more essential amino acids than the soy. That may be a hollow victory for milk lovers because one of the nine essential amino acids is methionine. Cow’s milk contains more than twice as much methionine as does soymilk. The center atom of methionine is sulfur. Too much animal protein creates an acid condition in the blood which the body must neutralize by taking calcium from the bones. . Nations eating the most animal protein have the highest rates of osteoporosis. 

Soymilk contains greater amounts of other amino acids including arginine, alanine, aspartic acid, and glycine. Arginine slows the growth of cancers by strengthening the immune system. Alanine aids in the metabolism of sugars. Aspartic acid increases stamina and plays a vital role in metabolism, acting as an anti-oxidant. Glycine is necessary for brain and nervous system functioning and muscle/energy metabolism. 

When milk is pasteurized, Vitamins A, C, and D are destroyed. The same can be said for those vitamins when soymilk is manufactured. 

Soymilk does contain more than four times the amount of thiamin (Vitamin B-1) and nearly twice the amount of niacin (Vitamin B-3) as does cow’s milk. Soymilk also contains more magnesium, copper, and manganese than does cow’s milk. 

In order to absorb calcium, one needs magnesium. Copper also aids in bone formation. One early sign of osteoporosis is a deficiency in copper. Soymilk contains twelve times the amount of copper as does cow’s milk. 

Soymilk also contains 42 times the amount of manganese as does cow’s milk. Manganese is also needed for bone formation. People with anemia rely upon manganese for iron storage. Trace amounts of manganese are essential for neural transmissions, protein metabolism, and many other body functions. 

I have tried both Silk and generic HEB brand and, as far as taste is concerned, I can tell no diffrence except price. My favorite flavor is Chocolate (*of course*), but the vanilla is also excellent. I have yet to try strawberry or egg nog (minus the egg of course) flavors but I don’t think I ever will.
If you plan on drinking the stuff out of a glass I recomend the flavored stuff. There is nothing wrongwith the plain but, like cow’s milk, it has no flavor. I personally never realy liked cow’s milk anyway and even when vegetarian preferred soy chocolate milk to cow chocolate milk. Maybe that’s just me, but I have convinced a few non-vegetarian friends to try it and they all like it (one has now begun to put it in his cereal since he’s watching his cholesterol).
Soy milk is extremely versatile and as far as I can tell may be used just like milk. There are of course more than soy milk out there, but I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll do a review of them once I have. They include things like Rice Milk, Almond Milk and Coco Nut Milk.

Over all I highly recommend this stuff (*did I say that already?*)! I’m not knocking Silk, it’s actually quite good and (you’ll have to check the label) I think it has guarantied non-genetically altered soy beans and for sure some specialy fortified versions with things like calcium (it already has the same as cows milk).

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Leather, Fur, Silk and Wool


Leather:
Most of you know where leather comes from … cow skin. The cows that are skinned are the same ones that are also sent to slaughter. A lot of the leather has been made in developing countries that have little or no humane laws to protect animals used for food. The cows live miserable lives and are eventually killed before their time.
Alternatives: PLEATHER! Check out the blog entry on vegan shoes for examples. Also, there are many other materials things like shoes, bags, jackets … etc can be made out of.

Fur:
Fur too is an obvious. It comes from furry little critters who have been skinned for their warm fur. Often times they are beaten to death to avoid damaging their “pelts”. In fur farms they are treated similarly to  cows, chickens and pigs in factory farms. Some times even DOGS AND CATS are used in fur. It is not always required that fur products list what animal are used in the fur product and it takes about 24 cats per cat coat and up to 15 in dog coats ( check out: http://www.voice4dogs.org/howfurisused.htm ). It’s very disturbingand I don’t recommend it for week stomachs, but you can visit the following sites for info and pictures of what goes on: http://www.hsus.org/furfree/cruel_reality/ – http://fur.elehost.com/– (note the following is a PETA site, and I’m not certain of their methods or accuracy, but it’s hard to deny the footage … note, I am unsure the organization is reliable and do not currently support them … the fur industry is a real problem and Peta is not the ONLY source of this info. I listed other sources so that you could cross check … etc. sometimes they get things right.) http://www.peta.org/feat-fatalfashion.asp.

Silk:
Silk, as not everyone knows, comes from the mass boiling of Silk worms that have entered the cocoon stage. For more info you can check out http://www.ivu.org/news/3-98/silk.html , http://www.silkpaintinggallery.com/silk.htm or http://www.kumikookoon.com/how-silk-is-made.php… two of these three sites actually support (and one sells) silk. Just so you can see I’m not making it up.
Alternatives – http://www.aurorasilk.com/info/peacesilk.shtml – http://www.ahimsapeacesilk.com/(I’m sure you can find more on Google, not to mention SIMILAR to silk products from man-made materials)

Wool:
Despite what you might assume, while it shouldn’t hurt the sheep to remove their hair sheep are often mistreated. Sheering is done at a time that can cause death by exposure (they sheer the sheep to soon for living outside) and shearers are paid by the pound, not per sheep and thus do not treat the sheep kindly. They are often nicked and cut by the razor and some times much more painful damage. also, as soon as sheep’s usefulness is over (as with most animals used by humans) they are sold off in auction to be murdered and served up as food. Check out: http://www.downbound.com/Wool_s/271.htm, http://www.savethesheep.com/ , http://www.animalsvoice.com/PAGES/writes/editorial/investigations/misc/wrong_wool.html … there are more and I haven’t reprinted all the info here …
Alternatives: Cotton and synthetic wool

Over all, Leather, Fur, Silk and Wool are usually quite expensive anyway and all have (often cheeper)alternatives. Please keep in mind that these animal CAN FEEL PAIN AND FEAR and possibly more (see the “Do animals have feelings?” post).

If you are concerned about silk, leather fur or wool products you may own, make sure you are practical. If you own products that contain these items and you wish to stop supporting these industries consider if throwing away all the items you already have will help anyone? You have already given them your money. I would recommend replacing these items over time as they break … etc or even selling them and using the profit to either buy replacement, cruelty free items or giving the money to an animal charity (or a little of both). As I said, check out the Vegan Shoes post for links to leather alternatives. 

 

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