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Does soy milk make you fat?


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Hi all

 I decided to try soy milk yesterday and found that I really like it :) Only problem is that a few people have told me that it somehow makes you gain weight?I don't see how this is true cos there are only 33 calories/100ml. Please help on this one???
Edited Sep 25 2007 02:55 by united2gether
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would love to know the answer to this one as i have it every day on ceral and in tea. think its very loe in fat equal to slimmed milk but usually its soya mixed with apple juice and often they add extra sugar. i try to get the lower sugar stuff but still has the sugar from apples. im sure skimmed milk is probably better for you, but i hate it.

Hey,

I have been drinking soy milk for over a year. I use the Aplro soya light. it's the unsweetened one. I really like the taste, and I have not gained weight at all over the year.

I have never heard this before, but I think it must be a myth!

Food or drink does not make you fat.  What makes you fat is regularly consumming more calories than you burn.
Unless you're overly sensitive to soy products and would have an immune reaction that slows metabolism, or drink a lot of it and get too many calories, no.
In my opinion, soy milk has healthy fats and mini amount of sugar. just don't drink too much.
Actually, a nutritionist recently told me that if you eat/drink alot of soy (and she said it has to be a LOT), it can actually affect you hormonally.  There is something in soy that behaves similarly to estrogen.  This can affect your weight if you already have a hormonal imbalance or are sensitive to small changes.
Soy, generally, will not make you fat.  As has been mentioned, what makes you fat is too many caloried paired with too little burn.  However, those with hypothyroidism are supposed to avoid soy and some people have a soy intolerance.  Make sure you stay tuned into the signals your body is sending you to make sure you aren't one of those people.  The problem with soy is not so much in drinking a small amount of soy milk or eating a handful of soy nuts or tofu--it's in the partially hydrogenated soy oil that companies put into processed foods.  Just read your labels, watch your calories, and monitor your body.
*sigh*

cals in-cals out. in fact, many brands of soy milk have LESS CALORIES than regular milk!! especially unsweetened.

** try to get fortified- MUCH better for you- So Nice Unsweetened has 15 essential nutrients and just 70 cals a cup!!
yalith is correct--soy can increase your estrogen level which won't make you fat.It just causes fat to collect in different parts of your body, mainly your tummy and hips. You would have to eat a BUNCH of soy for this to happen. Some people say it causes bloating, but I haven't noticed it. I love my soy milk and edemame. The others are correct as well--burn more than you take in=lose weight.

Hopefully not, 'cause I have soy milk in the morning everyday (due to my being lactose intolerant.)

But anyway, alisonm1215, thanks for the info about how it causes an increase in your estrogen level! I seriously never knew that. But doesn't higher estrogen level also increase the size of your breasts? I hope so.

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Soy milk has a lot of saturated fat in it.. not as much as regular milk, but still a good amount so I suppose drinking a lot of it could cause weight gain.

Original Post by trhawley:

Food or drink does not make you fat.  What makes you fat is regularly consumming more calories than you burn.

 Calories Eaten > Calories Burned = Weight Gain.

It doesn't matter whether the calories come from, soy milk, cow's milk, or a milk shake.

Original Post by courtrf16:

Soy milk has a lot of saturated fat in it.. not as much as regular milk, but still a good amount so I suppose drinking a lot of it could cause weight gain.

What kind of soy milk are you drinking? The kind I used to use only had .5 g of saturated fat per serving - not a lot by any means.

Other than that, what trhawley said. It isn't fat that makes you gain weight - it is eating more calories than your body is burning. But I do generally avoid most non-fermented soy products due to their possible estrogenic effects.

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