Soy products are derived from the bean of the soy plant. Compared to cow’s milk, here are some basic facts:
Per each 50 grams (1.75 ounces), soy has about:
- 15 grams of carbohydrates as compared to 2.5 grams of carbohydrates in an equal portion of cow’s milk
- soy has 10 grams of fat for those 50 grams as opposed to 1.5 grams in cow’s milk.Â Keep in mind this is a plant fat vs an animal fat.
- Soy has 18 grams of protein versus 1.5 per 50 grams of cow’s milk.
- Calcium content of soy is at around 138.5 milligrams per 50 grams where milk has 56.5 milligrams. But don’t let the calcium content be the only deciding factor of consuming soy as an alternative to dairy, nor let the fat content be a deciding factor to avoid soy. Studies have indicated that soy calcium is not as readily absorbed as calcium from milk, but there are other studies that indicate that it is.