Soybean best vegetable drink


La soybean Is the best plant-based beverage available on the market. This was stated by a team of researchers from McGill University (Canada), who studied the nutritional profiles of the beverages most commonly consumed by lactose allergy and lactose intolerance sufferers-as well as vegans-as alternatives to cow’s milk.

Soybean best vegetable drink among 4

The objective of the research
– published in the Journal of Food Science Technology (1)-is to delve into the characteristics of plant-based beverages often used as an alternative to milk.

Although these drinks are advertised as healthy and wholesome, little research has been done to understand the nutritional implications of their consumption in the short and long term. In addition, consumers associate these alternatives with a direct substitute for cow’s milk‘, the researchers write.

The study therefore compares the nutritional profiles of soy, rice, almond and coconut beverages, on the one hand, with that of cow’s milk.

Unsurpassed cow’s milk

The pros and cons of Each of the vegetable drinks. None, however, undermined from its historic podium is milk, which remains unsurpassed nutritionally.

A healthy and complete food, milk

provides essential nutrients (fat, carbohydrates and protein) and boasts numerous citations in scientific literature as a food beneficial to health

. Beyond the polemics against him, which are cyclically proposed but essentially lack scientific support.

Pros and cons of vegetable drinks

Soybean was voted the best plant-based beverage–compared with rice, almond and coconut–because of its balanced nutritional profile. Rich in protein, it is also valued for the presence of isoflavones. (2) The disadvantages, on the other hand, concern the unpalatable taste, the presence of so-called anti-nutritional substances (3) and theunavailability to those allergic to it.

Almond milk

– the only one of the four plant liquids that can be designated by the name ‘milk’ without being accused of

milk sounding

– gets the silver medal. It is valued for its high monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) content and excellent flavor. With the only disadvantage, like soy, of not being available to individuals allergic to the relevant proteins.

Rice drink-though made from a grain that is valuable for planetary nutrition, as well as usable in cases of allergies-does not shine nutritionally. Due to the absence of protein and a – therefore disproportionate – amount of carbohydrates. Even, the researchers raise concerns that habitual consumption of the beverage as an alternative to milk may cause malnutrition in children where attention is not brought to a balanced diet.

Coconut beverage receives favorable ratings with regard to flavor and energy value, which is generally low. It poses no risk to allergy sufferers, yet it loses the comparison due to both the absence of protein and the high amount of saturated fat.

Long live soybeans, strictly non-GMO

The only element of possible criticality soybean that catches our attention-though not considered by scholars at McGill University, which not coincidentally is based in Canada – Is the wide dissemination on a planetary scale of soybean GMO.

I Franken-food and the Franken-seed still represent, from our point of view, (4) a real threat to human and animal health, as well as to the environment. All the more so since, as is the case with soybeans, the genetic modification has the sole purpose of making the plant resist glyphosate or other deadly agrotoxics.


Italian soybean

Instead, it represents a great opportunity. Italy is now the leader in Europe in growing strictly non-GMO soybeans, as well as being the first country to impose integrated agriculture, that is, the reduction of pesticide use to the lowest possible level. (5)

Therefore, the origin of soybeans on beverage labels should always be verified. If Italian is better, European is still good. In the absence of news, better to doubt and leave on the shelf.

Dario Dongo and Marta Strinati


(1) Cf.

(2) Isoflavones are phytonutrients attributed with the ability to help prevent certain cancers

(3) Anti-nutritional substances reduce the assimilation of nutrients and/or micronutrients.

(4) Great Italian Food Trade’s position on synthetic biology was expressed in the free ebook ‘GMOs the Big Scam’

. With further updates on the dangerous phenomenon of the uncontrolled spread of so-called new GMOs

(5) In fact, the Italian paradox is to be the leader in Europe for non-GMO soybean production and instead use GMO soybean that comes from South America to raise our animals, outside of organic and certified supply chains for non-GMO feed use. We wrote about it in