Well I love both..but it's hard to compare because of the very different nutritionally level..
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i only buy soy milk because I don't drink regular milk, but i have tried almond milk and i will be buying it again. i get my vanilla soy milk from aldi, and i use it in my cereal. it tastes like cream to me. one you didn't mention is rice milk. when i was vegan years ago i used to use rice milk. i used to really like it.
I'm going to go with the flow here. I love the Unsweetened Vanilla from Almond Breeze. It has only 40 calories. However, it isn't fortified the way soy milk is, and does have a lower protein % with a higher fat %.
Soy milk is higher in protein, lower in fat, and higher in vitamins+minerals. However, it does have more calories. I love Silk Lite Vanilla. It's 80 cals/cup and delicious. I use it for everything that you'd use milk for.
I like both, but in different things. I like Soy milk in my coffee or tea and in smoothies. I like Almond milk with my cereals. If I am having soy milk I like to get the light or non-fat ones. For almond milk I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla (or Chocolate for a treat).
I have never tried almond milk, but I love soy milk and have it every morning with my cereal. The regular is delicious, but I absolutely love the Light Vanilla which is only 80 calories and has 6 grams of protein :)
I think the almond milk tastes much better, though I like both. However, almond milk is pretty dismal in the protein category - 1 gram. Not good...way less than regular milk or soy milk. So, it depends whether that's important to you or not. I'm not sure on the other nutrients/if it's fortified as much as soy milk is.
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As for soy there are conflicting views about soy in your diet - a lot depends on what else you are eating because just like anything else soy in moderation is good - a lot of soy in your diet can be detrimental, especially for some women because it can have an estrogenic effect
If you eat a lot of processed foods - chances are they have soy in them somewhere...and by processed I don't' just mean junk food...a lot of supposed "healthy" food is processed...
You also have to balance out what else you are eating during the day...if you already get a lot of protein and calcium in your diet then the minute differences between soy and almond milk in those regards shouldn't be a deciding factor in which you choose. Likewise a difference between - drinking a glass a day vs downing a bunch of glasses a day...
I have only used the Almond Breeze Almond milk - the original is great - if you want a sweet treat try the sweetened Vanilla flavor -it adds more calories and carbs but is delicious for a treat every now and then
I drink the soy because I'm in perimenopause and it's supposed to help with the symptoms...I really like it!
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I love the taste of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk.
It isn't fortified with nutrients as much as soy milk is. I now drink Light Silk Vanilla soy milk (and Light Silk Chocolate). I've heard that Silk now has an almond milk, too, so I might give that a try if they fortify it more.
Almond Breeze didn't seem to have as much calcium, protein, and fiber as Silk, which is why I switched, but I still love the taste of almond milk over that of soy.
I've never had soy milk, but the almond milk unsweetened vanilla only has 40 cals per cup and 3 g of fat (I think). It's really good in cereal and in coffee. Has a slight vanilla nut taste but nothing overpowering. It doesn't have much protein though and I think soy does.
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Almond milk tastes really good, you get a slightly stronger nutty flavor than with soy (for obvious reasons) and it's very light. Overall I find it to be a bit more mild and more similar to milk than soy milk is. Anyway, it's relatively inexpensive and worth a shot!
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