What comes out of all this myth-debunking is that foods made out of soybeans are actually good for you. Soy milk has a lot more protein than a lot of other dairy alternatives – about as much as cow milk itself (via Men’s Health). Soy is an especially good plant-based alternative to meat protein because it is a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids the body can’t make on its own (via Harvard School of Public Health). Soy is heart-healthy too, and not just because it replaces high-cholesterol meats on our plates. Soy has been shown in study after study to actually reduce cholesterol levels (via Science Daily). In addition, soy is loaded with some B vitamins, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Fermented soy products, including Indonesian tempeh and Japanese natto, have the added benefits of being easily digested and probiotic.
So go ahead and pour that soy milk over your cereal every morning. Dairy farmers might not like it, but your body will.