Nutritional balance of standard soymilk
This article offers descriptive data regarding the nutritional balance of standard soymilk. These data were collected for a research on milk and milk alternatives in New Zealand between 2007 and 2008 (Perezgonzalez, 20081).
Standard (original or regular) soymilk is made from soybeans and water, and contains around 3% fat. This article, however, analyzes the nutritional balance of standard soymilk beyond its fat content. Indeed, the average standard soymilk (in this sample) is high in fat but low in saturated fat, but also adequate in protein, low in carbohydrate but high in sugar, low in fiber, and within maximum recommended limits for sodium.
On average, standard soymilk has a nutritional balance of BNI 43.16f, being particularly unbalanced towards excess of fat.
Standard soymilk appears as somehow unbalanced according to international Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs), although less so according to U.S. and Canada's standards, which allow for a higher content of sugars and fat.
|Illustration 3: Nutritional balance across different RDIs (standard soymilk)|
|Get Natural calci forte||So Natural||26.05||31.92||8.66||15.59||12.33|
|So Good regular||Sanitarium||42.46||54.63||27.58||32.55||29.79|
|Vitasoy creamy original||Vitasoy||46.93||57.80||13.65||37.13||34.93|
|(Source: Perezgonzalez, 20081)|
Correlations between indexes tend to be positive (and significant at the 0.10 cut-off point, which seems appropriate given the small sample size), except for the US/CAN index. However, the sample size is too small as for drawing much inference from it.
|Illustration 4: Correlations between RDIs|
Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ (2011). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalez).
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