Q: "I have recently switched from drinking skim milk to skim soy milk. However, I noticed that soy milk has many additives, while skim milk has very few, or none. Which one should I be drinking to give me most health benefits?"
Grace Slough, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Emma Rippon writes:
“The ‘additives’ found in skim soy milk are present to make it nutrionally comparable to cow’s milk (soy is not a natural source of calcium, vitamin D or phosphorus) for people with dairy intolerances and vegans. Also, soy milk has a longer shelf life than fresh milk, so there may be a few preservatives to enhance holding time, but they are all safe for consumption. In terms of one being better than the other, they are much the same, but one is a plant-based product and the other is an animal product. The decision comes down to taste preferences, price, and the choice of whether or not to consume animal products.”