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April 2007

Celebrate soy

soybean plant
Photo courtesy of Kansas State University Research and Extension

Versatile soy.

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April 2007

Quick links
Here are live links for sites mentioned in the April 2007 .pdf format:

"Are you concerned about the safety of soy?" by Bryanna Clark Grogan
"What about soy?" by John Robbins

Vegan references
recommended by Natalie K. Parks

Information

Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
Compassion Over Killing
Dr. Fuhrman
Dr. McDougall
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Pigs Peace Sanctuary
Vegan Outreach

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, by T. Colin Campbell
Diet for a New America, by John Robbins
The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide to a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, by Vesanto Melina

Cooking

FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Real Food Daily
Vegan Cookbook Tester
Vegan Lunchbox

The Candle Café Cookbook, by Joy Pierson, Bart Potenza, and Barbara Scott-Goodman
La Dolce Vegan: Vegan Livin' Made Easy, by Sarah Kramer
May All Be Fed, by John Robbins
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope
Vegan with a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World, by Robin Robertson
Vegan Vittles, by Joanne Stepaniak

 

Soy milk comparisons

A panel of Yummy Northwest readers recently tasted these brands. The only thing everyone agreed on was that personal preference determines which type ranks high. Some liked the light, watery, low-fat plain varieties, while others enjoyed rich, silky, vanilla-flavored selections. ("I like nonfat milk," one taster said, "so of course I like the nonfat soy milk.")

One woman did not like soy milk at all. "A lot of them smell like flour and water," she commented, "which is not really appetizing, especially after using flour and water as paper maché."

One homemade batch was added to the panel and generally disliked, getting comments such as "beany," "chalky," "yuck." Again a matter of preference, but also perhaps proving that when you make your own you can adjust for taste.

How soy milk is used must also be taken into consideration. Some use it in coffee or hot cocoa, pour it on cereal, or stir it into recipes.

All tasters said drinking several brands side-by-side was an excellent way to decide on a personal favorite, though most agreed that they would stick with their favorite brand.

These are only a few of the many brands and varieties of soy milk available on store shelves, but they are representative. Information is presented here only to show how brands differ and to give you an opportunity - from the comfort of your home - to decide what you think is important to look for when you shop at your local store.

A little history, however, before you begin comparison shopping. (Thanks to soyfoods.org.)

An ancient Chinese mural is thought to prove that soy milk has been around since A.D. 25, while a Chinese poem penned about A.D. 1500 is believed to be the first written reference. In the United States, the first mention was made in a medical journal in 1896, and by 1917 soy milk was being produced commercially in New York City. After researchers found ways to make soy milk more palatable for the average American (more than 80 English-language patents on soy milk were issued between 1913 and 1992), its popularity began to soar in the 1970s.

In 1999, the American dairy industry unsuccessfully petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to use the spelling "soymilk" to distinguish the commerical product from cow's milk. The Soyfoods Association of North America claims that the one-word spelling has appeared in many medical journals and writings since 1936 and thus recommends it for its members. Yummy Northwest uses the two-word format to emphasize the significant nutritional value of this wonderful food.

brand

company

first 3 ingredients

protein

carbohydrates

fat

sodium*

added vitamins
and minerals

Kirkland Signature,
plain

Costco,
Seattle, Wash.

organic soy
milk**;
organic evaporated cane juice;
tricalcium citrate

8g

8g

4g

110mg

calcium, A, B2, B12, D2

Naturally Preferred,
low fat, plain

Kroger,
Cincinnati, Ohio

organic soy
milk**;
organic cane juice sweetener;
isolated soy protein

8g

10g

2.5g

170mg
(no salt added)

calcium, A, D2

Naturally Preferred,
low fat, vanilla

same as above

organic soy
milk**;
organic cane juice sweetener;
isolated soy protein

8g

11g

2.5g

170mg

calcium, A, D2

Pacific,
Organic Soy: unsweetened

Pacific Foods of Oregon
Tualitin, Ore.

filtered water;
whole organic soybeans
(that's all)

9g

4g

4.5mg

15mg
(no salt added)

none

Pacific,
Select Soy: low fat, vanilla

same as above

organic soy
milk**;
evaporated cane juice;
natural vanilla flavor

5g

11g

2.5g

115mg

none

Pacific,
Ultra Soy: plain

same as above

organic soy
milk**;
natural cane sweetener;
soy protein isolate

10g

12g

4g

150mg

calcium, A, B2, B6, B12, D2, E

Pacific,
Ultra Soy: vanilla

same as above

organic soy
milk**;
evaporated cane juice;
soy protein isolate

10g

14g

4g

150mg

calcium, A, B2, B6, B12, D2, E

Pearl,
unsweetened

Kikkoman International,
San Francisco, Calif.

filtered water;
whole organic soybeans;
tricalcium phosphate

8g

6g

4.5g

130mg

calcium, A, D2

Pearl,
vanilla

same as above

filtered water;
whole organic soybeans;
organic evaporated cane juice

7g

11g

3.5g

90mg

calcium, A, D2

Silk,
vanilla

WhiteWave Foods
Broomfield, Colo.

organic soy
milk**;
organic evaporated cane juice;
calcium carbonate

6g

10g

3.5g

95mg

calcium, A, B2, B12, D2

Westsoy,
unsweetened

Hains Celestial Group, Inc.
Melville, NY

filtered water;
whole organic soybeans
(that's all)

9g

5g

4.5g

30mg
(no salt added)

none

Westsoy,
unsweetened, vanilla

same as above

organic soy
milk**;
natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors

9g

5g

4.5g

30mg
(no salt added)

none

Westsoy,
nonfat, plain

same as above

filtered water;
organic soy
milk**;
organic dehydrated cane juice

6g

10g

0g

105mg

calcium, A, B2, D2

*  All have added salt, except as indicated.
** Soy milk listed as an ingredient contains filtered water and organic soybeans.

 

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