Cow's Milk vs. Soya Milk
Soya milk is marketed as a dairy-free, lactose-free milk alternative. How do they compare in terms of nutrient content?
Cow's milk is a significant source of calcium and vitamins. However, it is not suitable for vegans. Also, people who are either lactose intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk may need to avoid it.
Let’s look at some stats comparing cow’s skimmed milk and Alpro Original Soya Fresh milk:
|Cow's skimmed milk||Soya Milk|
|of which sugars||10g||5.4g|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||0.2mg||0.4mg|
|Vitamin D||1.025mcg (41 IU)||1.5mcg (60 IU)|
|Ingredients||Pasteurised skimmed milk, 0.1% fat||Water, Hulled Soya Beans (6%), Sugar, Acidity Regulators (Monopotassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate), Calcium (Calcium Carbonate), Flavouring, Sea Salt, Stabiliser (Gellan Gum), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B2), B12, D2)|
Here are some highlights:
- Both contain similar amounts of protein and calories and are low in saturated fat.
- Soya milk is higher in total fat than skimmed milk but lower in carbohydrates and sugar.
- Both contain similar amounts of calcium and vitamin B12 but a glass of soya milk provides more riboflavin and vitamin D than cow’s milk.
- A quick glance at the ingredients label shows that soya milk has been fortified with calcium and vitamins B2, B12 and D. But it also has added sugar, salt, acidity regulators, flavouring and a stabiliser.
Our winner: It’s a tie!
Both milks are nutritious, low-fat sources of protein. As soya milk is free from animal product and lactose, it is a suitable alternative for vegans and also for people who are either lactose intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk. However, ideally, you should choose a soya milk with no added sugar, salt and additives. Other cow’s milk alternatives include almond milk, rice milk and oat milk.
Written by Victora Trouse