Cow Milk vs. Soy Milk

What is the difference between cow’s milk and soy milk?

The difference between cow’s milk and soy milk is immediately obvious – cow’s milk comes from an animal and soy milk comes from a plant. Another important difference between them is that soy milk is 100% free of lactose, but cow’s milk contains lactose.

For many people soy milk is their only option if they want to drink milk because they are lactose intolerant, which means they have an allergy to lactose. This is one of the advantages that soy milk has over cow’s milk although researchers have found that it is impossible for any milk to be completely lactose free.

There is a difference between cow’s milk and soy milk in the nutrients that each one contains. Cow’s milk is said to contain Vitamin A, but this is debatable because Vitamin A is often added to milk. Soy milk does not contain any calcium, but cow’s milk is rich in calcium. Both types of milk contain phosphorous that is good for your teeth, but cow’s milk has twice as much of this element than soy milk. Another difference in the nutrients in these milks is in the amount of Vitamin B each one contains. Cow’s milk contains twice as much of this vitamin as soy milk does.

Older people tend to start drinking soy milk instead of cow’s milk. This is because it is easier to digest even though there are far more vitamins in cow’s milk.