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Soya Milk and Its Health Benefits

Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking, and she likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.

Powdered Soya Milk in Sachets

Powdered Soya Milk in Sachets

Soya, Also Known as "Soy"

I am writing this article because I was inspired by a question in our HubPages forum "Is Soya Milk Really Bad For You?" by a co-hubber Meg Moon. After I had written my answer to this question, I thought, why not write about soya milk and its health benefits, as well as my relationship with the drink?

What Is Soya Milk?

Soya milk is made out of ground soya beans which should be soaked in water first before grinding and pressing the soya milk out of the soaked soya beans by using a clean cloth as a strainer. Some Japanese and Chinese people use this method of soya milk making. Nowadays, you can buy a soya milk-making machine if you like to make your own. But why not buy your soya milk in the Asian shops or in the supermarkets? You will save yourself the trouble and the time in making.

In Asian shops, you can buy different kinds of soya milk from all over Asia, especially in China.

  • Powdered Soya Milk

This is very handy as each sachet is good for one glass, and it will not easily get sour. This is sold in a pack. Some are sold in a glass. This drink in a sachet is mostly in its natural flavor.

  • Liquid Soya Milk

Liquid soya milk is sold in a liter tetra pack, it can easily get sour when not stored in a refrigerator and has to be consumed in 2 days or before its expiration date. You can buy this drink in different flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberries, bananas and many others.

Powdered  Soya  Milk  that  I'm  drinking

Powdered Soya Milk that I'm drinking

Health Benefits

The health benefits of soya milk are:

  1. It has Isoflavones, a plant hormone which helps reduce menopause symptoms. When you have drank soya milk in your younger years, you will not be having these menopause symptoms. From what I have read in my research about soya milk, Asian women don´t suffer hot flushes, extreme sweating and other menopause symptoms because they are eating soya beans, soya sprouts and other soya products besides drinking the milk.
  2. It has no lactose. It is good for people who have lactose intolerance.
  3. It has only vegetable protein.
  4. It has no cholesterol.
  5. It is good for preventing heart diseases, osteoporosis and cancer.
  6. It has Vitamins B and E. Vitamin E is good for obtaining healthy-looking skin.

How I Discovered Soya Milk

It was in my late 30s when I went to my gynaecologist for a check-up. I was telling her that I lacked concentration, was a bit forgetful and nervous, and sometimes I didn´t know what I felt. She told me bluntly, "You are in your pre-menopausal period. You are getting old, but it´s normal for a woman at your age." Then she gave me a prescription paper for a medicine to buy. It was a hormonal medicine which contained oestrogen, and I had to come back after 3 months.

Wow! I was still gobsmacked when I went out of the doctor's clinic. I thought, "Is it the near ending of my life?" How do you feel to be told like that? Of course, I was shocked. I did not feel old, and I looked 10 years younger than I was. I bought the medicine, which was really of great help to my health, went quarterly to my doctor and took my oestrogen medicine for a year. Until I found out that the medicine I took could give me breast cancer.

There was a lot of bad news on the TV and in the newspapers about women with breast cancers due to taking oestrogen medicine. Well, that was what I read and what I saw in the health report programs here on German television. Having seen the reports, I stopped taking oestrogen and was looking for healthy alternatives. Then I found out that soya milk has Phyto hormones Isoflavones that help prevent pre- menopausal and menopause problems. As I am lactose intolerant, it was and is the right healthy drink for me.

Soya Sprouts

Soya Sprouts

Missing My Favorite Drink

Once I was having a 3-week holiday with my family in my home country, I did not bring Isoflavone capsules with me as I thought I could buy soya milk in my hometown, and besides that, there were plenty of soy products I could buy. That´s what I thought.

Being with my Filipino relatives, I forgot about soya milk because I was so busy meeting my friends and my relatives from other towns. Then one day, my son said, "Why are you so nervous? You kept on repeating what you have just said a few minutes ago." I said, "I don´t know". It seems something was not right with me. Maybe it was the heat of the sun. Maybe, I was no longer used to so much sunshine.

Then our holiday was over. Back to Germany, back to the same routine of working, sleeping and, of course, drinking 2 glasses of soya milk per day. To shorten the story, after a few weeks, I realized it was the lack of drinking soya milk that I felt awful during our holiday in the Philippines.

Other Sources of Isoflavone

  • Eating soya bean sprouts in your salads and stir-fry vegetables.
  • Eating tofu, a soya bean curd mostly eaten in Asian countries and by vegetarian people. It can be fried with vegetables instead of meat. It´s tasteless (for me), but you can put spices on it.

I hope you enjoyed reading my article. Please leave a comment below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 27, 2012:

You´re welcome rajan jolly. Thanks for visiting and for giving a comment. I appreciate that.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this useful information, Thelma. Voting this up, useful and interesting.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 11, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf! Yes, this is a success story. Drinking soya milk is one way of maintaining good health due to the many health benefits. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 10, 2012:

Wow, this is a soy milk success story! Soy milk is widely consumed in Peru and now I'm sold on the benefits. Will definitely give it a try. Voted up!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 26, 2012:

Your welcome ignugent17! Yes, try it again. Have a great day and thanks for your visit.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 26, 2012:

@ Brett

Thank you for your comment and for your sharing this article to others. Have a good day.

@ forlanda

Thanks for stopping bye. Yep, I did not know that either. Through my research I came to know the healthy benefits.

ignugent17 on July 25, 2012:

I not really a fan of soya milk because I have tasted it before. Now, that I am reading about the health benefits I might give another try. Thanks for the information Thelma Alberts.

J Forlanda from US of A on July 25, 2012:

Like you, I'm somewhat lactose intolerant. Fortunately, I like soya milk. At Asian grocery stores, they even sell them in convenient little drinking boxes.

I knew it is a good source of protein, but didn't realize about the additional benefits you noted in your hub.

Thanks! Very informative hub.

Brett C from Asia on July 25, 2012:

A very useful hub for the ladies out there. I'm not sure of the the, but I also believe that soya milk is good for your brain and thought process ... Which maybe why you noticed such clarity when drinking it.

Up, useful and shared.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2012:

Hi Jennzie! Thanks for your comment and for your follow. Well, enjoy your shopping in the Asian shop.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2012:

Thanks Tammy for stopping by. Well, try this soya milk and if you don´t like the taste of the natural soya milk you can drink the one with chocolate or vanilla flavor. Have a lovely day!

Jenn from Pennsylvania on July 12, 2012:

I haven't stopped by my local asian market in a while, but now I want to so that I can check out the different types of soya milk that they have!

I voted this up and useful.

Tammy from North Carolina on July 12, 2012:

Very interesting. I haven't tried this yet but I am all for natural treatments and alternatives when it comes to treating anything. Those estrogen replacement therapies have so many hidden side effects. I will definatley look into that. I get jittery from low blood sugar and this may help. Great hub!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2012:

Yes, soya milk is one of the best milk. Thanks for stopping by masmasika. Have a great day!

masmasika on July 11, 2012:

This is a very useful hub. Yes, soya milk is one of the best milks that you can drink.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 03, 2012:

Yes, I have found something really good for me. Try in the Asian shops as this product I´m drinking comes from China. $3 is very dear. Maybe you can find it somewhere cheaper. Thank you for your comment Joyce. Have a great day!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on July 02, 2012:

Sounds as though you have found some thing really good for you. I'll try to find the package type. Around here Soya Milk in a bottle runs around $3 double of regular milk.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.