In looking at the health food market we can identify many fad diets and products that seem to melt away from the store shelves just as quickly as they arrived. As a health-conscious person I find myself intrigued at the different cow’s milk substitutes on the market shelves. Two at the forefront in my mind are Soy milk and Almond milk. Both come with their own sets of health benefits and each has its own dangers or detractors. Recently, I have been researching the side effects of Soy milk and Almond milk from a hormone and reproductive concern. I have struggled with infertility so obviously I have great concern for anything that will have effects on reproduction.
What I found when I began researching the effects of both Soy and Almond milk is they are both considered Goitrogens and affect thyroid function.
Thyroid function is important to fertility and therefore a concern for not only me but any woman trying to get pregnant. Of course these are effects that are found when consumed regularly in high amounts, but they are effects nonetheless. Typically, our society is one that is known to binge diet and could obsess over a specific milk replacement product which could lead to high consumption and the associated side effects.
I currently drink and use a modest amount of Almond milk (a great source of protein) in my diet. In the past I have found a product that is low in calories and gone all or nothing in my consumption of it. But the message I find at the end of my all or nothing journey is that moderation is key in all things.
After researching and deliberating I am still unsure which milk actually does a body good?
What milk, or non milk so you choose and why? And do you consume in moderation? Or is it all or nothing?
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