Why not ecological Milk ?

In my younger days I saw a movie where Keshto Mukherjee was comparing ‘drinking alcohol’ with ‘drinking milk’ (and he was really good as usual). Considering the importance of milk in our daily life I searched the net and found that there exists a(although there are many but I am considering Indian environment and cost factor) viable ‘ecological milk’ which can be used at par with cow’s milk.

Any Guess !!!!

Yes you got it ….It is ‘Soya milk’

What is Soya Milk ?

It is produced by soaking dry soybeans, and grinding them with water.

Comparison with Cows Milk !!!

  • Buffalo milk and cow milk has different proportions
  • Many websites differ on the % and actual numbers

see the image attached

Why do we use it !!!

  • Milk for Poor : Soy milk is nutritionally close to cow's milk BUT IT IS 3 TO 6 TIMES CHEAPER THAN COWS MILK. Most of poor people in India are facing the problem of malnutrition and for such vulnerable population it is an efficient way to ensure daily adequate nutrition. In this manner, not only do people receive enough high quality protein for the development and maintenance of their health, but they also get the added disease prevention benefits of soybean phytochemicals. Studies says that soyamilk also help the people with bone problems ( like Asthama) which is very common in poor Indian population.
  • Lectogen senstive population can use it as it does not have lectogen in it. People who are doing some dieting course are also using it for health purposes.
  • Using soybeans to make milk instead of raising cows is said to have ecological advantages, as the amount of soy that could be grown using the same amount of land would feed more people than if used to raise cows. This is debated as grazing land for animals is very different from land used to farm, and requires fewer pesticides. However, cows require much more energy in order to produce milk, since the farmer must feed the animal, which consumes 40 kilos (90 pounds) of food and 90 to 180 liters (25 to 50 gallons) of water a day, while a soy bean needs merely water and land. Because the soybean plant is a legume, it also replenishes the nitrogen content of the soil in which it is grown.Soybeans can produce at least twice as much protein per acre than any other major vegetable or grain crop, 5 to 10 times more protein per acre than land set aside for grazing animals to make milk, and up to 15 times more protein per acre than land set aside for meat production.
Negative points about the soyamilk :

  • in general soy milk is not suitable for babies or infants
  • Some commercial companies used their own formula to create new type of soyamilk which may create some health issues


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