RE: Hi and question with soy milk
Posted Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM
Are there non-dairy milks that don't increase estrogen at all and are better alternatives to soy?
1 - ice cream, yogurt, cheese are dairy, thus non-vegan. However, there ARE non-dairy alternatives. We love the So Delicious coconut milk ice cream (they make both a soy milk ice cream and a coconut milk ice cream so read the pkg for the 'non-dairy non-soy' label). It's still high in fat and sugar so it's good that it is a little pricey - it's a once in a while treat not an everyday thing.
2 - yes there are LOTS of non-dairy milk options besides soy milk (I tend to get 'weird' if I consume large 'lumps' of soy like tofu and soy milk). Our favorite, after trying several, is almond milk. We tried soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, rice milk, and oat milk. We found hemp to be too hmm "grassy" maybe is a good word. Soy, as mentioned, had me feeling 'weird' after about 3 days (even though I was only using about 1/2 cup per day on cereal). Rice milk tasted too ricey - which might be okay for some but tasted weird on my Cheerios Oat milk was similarly too 'oaty'. Coconut was a bit higher in fat and sweeter, okay for some things but not for everyday use.
As with all things, check which works better for you - I know some people love hemp milk because it's apparently a more creamy texture (I never got past the first sip). Also, be sure to read labels - there are some cheese alternatives that still contain casein (milk protein) or are made using animal-based rennet. They are often targeted to the lactose-free folks, not necessarily the veg*n market so reading the label is important.
And too, keep in mind that the kickstart is aiming for a lower fat level as well (cheese in general tends to be higher in fat). Plus, many faux cheeses and such have higher sodium content.