There are advantages to drinking both skim milk and soy milk. Although they are similar, there are reasons you might choose one over the other. Below are some similarities and differences between skim and soy milk to help you choose which is the best for you!
High in Nutrients
Skim and soy milk are both high in protein, calcium, and vitamin D, which helps to keep your bones strong. Soy milk products, however, tend to be fortified with additional nutrients, such as riboflavin, vitamin B12, magnesium, or others depending on which variety you buy. Since both soy and skim milk are high in calcium, they're both great for your bone health and possibly weight management.
Both skim and soy milk are a great source of protein. Skim milk contains about 8 g of protein per serving (1 cup). However there are cow's milks available that are fortified with additional protein (about 10 g per serving). Soy milk varieties usually contain about 6 or 7 g of protein per serving which although less than skim milk, still a significant protein source.
Soy Milk Tastes Sweeter
Soy milk is made from soybeans and naturally tastes sweeter than cow's milk. This might be helpful if you have a strong sweet tooth and are having a hard time getting the recommended amount of milk and dairy in your diet. Some people prefer the sweeter, richer taste of soy milk and some don't so try each type of milk before making a decision.
Skim Milk Lower in Fat
Soy milk varieties are higher in fat than skim milk. Although certain brands of soy milk have light varieties that are lower in both calories and fat, skim milk is still the lowest in fat since it contains 0 g of fat and only 80 calories per serving. If you're trying to cut back on your fat content to help lose weight, switching to skim is an easy way to do so.
Soy Milk High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Although soy milk is higher in fat, it contains unsaturated fats (good fats) including omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have additional health benefits such as possibly decreasing cholesterol and enhancing brain development in children. Some 1%, 2%, and whole cow's milks (Horizon Organic) are fortified with omega-3s but not skim since it's fat-free.
Soy Milk is Plant-Based
If you're a vegetarian or vegan, soy milk is the way to go. Soy milk is plant-based and made from soy beans; therefore it is accepted in vegetarian and vegan cultures. Due to its nature, soy milk does contain small amounts of fiber; skim milk does not.
Soy Milk is Lactose-Free
Since soy milk is naturally lactose-free, it is safe for people who are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies.
Although there are many benefits to drinking both soy and skim milk, the milk you drink should depend on both your health goals and taste preferences.