Three Things to Consider Before Buying Soy Drinks

Soy-based drinks are healthy, nutritious, and a great substitute for other less-than-wholesome snacks.

Domestication of soybeans can be traced back to 11th century China but soymilk doesn’t enter the historical record until the 1600s. An ancient food staple, its only became a household item globally in the last few decades. Part of the popularity is the healthy nutrition profile, which includes a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, with several essential vitamins and minerals and very low sugar. Here are a few things you’ll want to look for in a formula before you buy.

This drink will fill your stomach and provide the nutrition you need to make it through part of your day. Soylent

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While most soy drinks are simple milks designed to replace dairy and used as a standalone drink or an ingredient in meal preparation, there are a few total meal replacement soy drinks on the market. These “meals in a bottle” are designed for a fast, healthy meal when other options aren’t available, and can easily be tucked into a purse, glove box, or backpack. Most are fortified with additional essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, so they’re actually filling.

This drink makes for a good snack. Silk

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Not all to-go soy drinks are full-on meals. Some are just tasty snacks and can be found in a variety of flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and more. These products are often packaged in a way that do not require refrigeration, so they’re great to keep in and office or automobile—ready to drink when hunger strikes. While not all are considered “clean” and may have added sugar, they can be a better way to scratch a sweet tooth compared to say, diving into a candy bar.

This product tastes great without additives like artificial flavoring. Pacific Foods

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Not all soymilk tastes the same. This is because of the wide variation in how different manufacturers process soy. It’s not uncommon to like one brand of plain jane original soymilk, but not another, because of these variations in manufacturing process. Still, it’s worth trying a variety of original-flavor soy drinks as they provide a healthy nutrition profile, without added filers, flavors, binders and other additives.