No to Soy Milk and Rice Milk
greater awareness of the many health problems associated with pasteurized dairy
products, many people are turning to vegetarian milk substitutes like soy milk
and rice milk. Im not a big fan of either. Here are some reasons why I dont
think soy or rice milk should be staples in your diet:
Many brands of soy and rice milk contain polyunsaturated vegetable oils which
can contribute to an imbalance of essential fatty acids in your body. As harmless
as this might sound, I am convinced that a chronic imbalance of essential fatty
acids caused by regular consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils is a major
cause of cardiovascular disease. Polyunsaturated fats that contribute to this
harmful imbalance are found in safflower, corn, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed
oils. I recommend that you stay away from these oils completely.
Some brands of soy and rice milk contain rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, or
some other natural sweetener. Natural or not, most sweeteners put significant
stress on your pancreas and liver. They also raise your insulin levels, which
significantly increases your risk of suffering from unhealthy weight gain, high
blood pressure, heart disease, premature aging, and several other negative side
While fermented forms of soy like miso, tempeh, and natto can be healthy choices
for some people, non-fermented soy products can cause a variety of health problems
if consumed in large quantities on a regular basis. I will discuss the details
of when soy can be good and when it can be bad in a future newsletter.
for some good news?
can make a rich and creamy alternative to cows, soy, and rice milk with
raw almonds and a good blender. Here is how we make it at our clinic:
All-Natural Almond Milk
1 1/2 cups of raw almonds, soaked in water
4 cups of filtered or spring water
3-5 dates (optional)
1 ½ cups of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water.
Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of sweetness. Strain once to
remove almond granules. The result is a delicious, creamy milk that is free of
harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with
cows milk and soy. It can be stored safely for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
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