So much soy milk

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Last year when I shopped the aisles of Giant (a major fast-food chain in my area of the country), I was pretty amazed at how many soy milk options there were.

Now, though, my mind is blown. The refrigerated variety sells better, but the soy milk available in the aseptic packaging has the most variety. Get this: Giant now offers a store brand soy milk! It’s only about 10 cents cheaper than others, but nutritionally, it stacks up pretty well. Though it doesn’t have as much protein as Edensoy Extra (from what I’ve been told—thanks, Brant—this is one of the most nutrionally-dense soy milks on the market), it does offer 50% of the RDA for vitamin B12, the same as Edensoy Extra. Surprisingly, the store brand also uses organic soy beans (which now seems to be rule rather than the exception, thankfully).

One of Europe’s most popular soy milk producers, Belsoy, is now adorning the shelves of US markets. Unfortunately, at the Giant near me, they’ve cut back on the Edensoy selection in favor of Belsoy. I bought one of their original, unsweetened varieties to try with my cereal. Since it’s lacking in the B12 department, when I use it with my cereal, I sprinkle on a little Red Star Nutritional Yeast first. Tastewise, it’s nothing to write home about, but does the job in cereal.

But the variety of soy milks has also increased. Last Christmas, you may have seen Silk Nog, but did you know that Silk also makes Silk Creamer, Silk Mocha, Silk Soylatte, and Silk Chai? Another interesting variety that caught my eye was Vitasoy‘s Green Tea Soymilk. I decided to give it a shot, and was pretty impressed. It definitely has that subtle green tea taste (they use Japanese Green Tea), but with a nice, milky consistency.

While I rarely drink soy milk (or cow’s milk, for that matter) by the glass, I use exclusively soy milk in my cereal. I’m also a fan of almond milk, but have yet to try the box of Rice Dream sitting in my fridge.

I’m thinking that sometime soon, I’d like to organize an “alternate milk” taste test with vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters to see how they stack up tastewise, and nutrionally. If you live in the Northern VA area and might be interested, drop me a line.

14 Responses to “So much soy milk”

  1. Paul

    Silk also has the answer to Dean’s Milk Chug – little one-serving soy milks! I saw them at Walgreens of all places.

    That said, I have found that Silk and Sun Soy are my favorites – and Trader Joe’s Organic Soymilk is also quite good.

  2. Coco

    nutritional yeast is actually really good stuff; it’s not just for cereal anymore ;-). my brother and i buy the nutritional yeast in it’s flaked variety in bulk at Whole Foods, and we’ve got a couple of favorite ways to eat it:

    – sprinkled on sourdough toast with earth balance margerine

    – with mustard, earth balance, and some water, simmered to make sauce for elbow macaroni. this might kill the B12 content because of the heat involved, but it sure is tasty!

  3. Tonya Martin

    I am biased as i work for Eden Foods, makers of Edensoy. Appreciate the good words about Edensoy Extra. Some things to consider when choosing soy or rice milk – 1. It should come from whole food (whole soybeans and grain rather than soy protein isolate or dried and powdered, reconstituted rice). 2. It should not have refined sugar (aka corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.) 3. It should not contain undeclared ‘flavor maskers’ 4. There should be no genetically engineered ingredients (GEOs). Essentially, choose a brand you trust. (the only one I trust for soymilk is Eden). There are a LOT of shoddy soymilks and ricemilks out there.

    For Edensoy fans, we have brand new Unsweetened Edensoy which is my new favorite. Of course if you can’t find it (or any other brand you like) in a store please ask. Store managers really do listen!

  4. Tracy McEvilly

    the comment about silk having the answer to Dean’s milk chugs is funny because DEAN”S OWNS SILK, if you choose do not drink milk don’t waste your money buying silk because it gives money right back to the same people enslaving animals.

  5. Ryan

    Tracy — The issue of paying for someone else’s burger by purchasing vegan products from a non-vegan company is a tricky one. However, I tend to side with the VegSource opinion on the matter…

  6. Shayna

    Does anyone know of a Low or Nonfat Unsweetened Soy Milk and where can I purchase it? I live in Massachusetts.

  7. Ryan

    Shayne — Silk makes an unsweetened one soy milk now. It should be easy to find at any grocery store or health food store.

  8. Naomi

    I’m also looking for a nonfat unsweetened soy milk. Silk’s unsweetened soy milk is full-fat. I think Westsoy makes a lowfat unsweetened soy milk.

  9. Kim

    The closest thing on the market right now to unsweetened low fat soy milk is Westsoy’s Soy Slender. It’s sweetened with Splenda, it has 3g of fat per serving. The unsweetened soymilks have 4g of fat which isn’t that bad its mostly polyunsaturated.

  10. Bobby

    Real simple- soy milk solved more of my depression than any of the many medications. I still suffer, but the improvement is night and day – now that I know chicken is a toxic ssoked in salt and steriods I am going to free range chicken = this should be the end of steriods being introduced into my body without my consent

    also – years ago I learned from several friends that in chidlren over 5 stopping milk often stops bed wetting – SILK and other great soy milk products have been a God sent to many parents

  11. Ann Marie

    Yes, the Vitasoy green tea soy milk is absolutely delicious!! If you like green tea ice cream, and green tea in general, give it a try, if you can find it. It is great. I live in northern Colorado, and the only place I can find it is at a store called “Vitamin Cottage”.It is a great product, and I am hoping that if more people try it,like it, and buy it, maybe they will distribute more widely.

  12. Raven

    Bobby, it’s better to switch to eating NO chicken.
    The food chickens consume and the conditions that they live under become toxify our bodies when we consume them. Watch the Food, Inc. documentary for more details. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and made the change from eating dairy, chicken and fish to vegan as part of my quest to reverse my condition. I believe that I’ve been poisoned by the food I consumed over the years, and that this is probably the reason that many other people are suffering from many chronic autoimmune diseases. I would love to see a 50-year timeline of and see if I can’t draw a direct line between food industrialization and the increased prevalence these illnesses in the U.S. I’m no scientist, but I bet we would have a lot of law suits on our hands.

  13. Raven

    Oops, I meant “conditions that they live under become part of our bodies.” Sorry for not reviewing before sending…I just realized I couldn’t delete my comment.

  14. Karen

    This blog started in 2002 and I am still looking for an unsweetened low fat soy milk (no artificial sweetener). Has anyone found one?

    I can’t believe, with all the different soy milks in the stores that not one company has marketed an unsweetened, low fat soy milk. In 2010, there is so much more interest in good healthy food products. Does removing some of the fat make soy milk less healthy to drink?

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