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The Instacart guide to soy milk products


About soy milk

Soy milk is a non-dairy milk that is made from whole soybeans — which is a legume native to East Asia — or full-fat soy flour. Basically, the "milk" is a stable emulsion of protein, water, and oil. The original form of soy milk is an intermediate product of the production of tofu. It's a more watery substance than the soy milk you buy off the shelf today. Traditionally, this milk is made by soaking soybeans in cold water, grinding them between stones, and then filtering the slurry through a sieve. To make tofu, the milk is heated together with a coagulant.

The commercial production of soy milk in the western world is basically a variation of the traditional method. It involves soaking and grinding the beans and then cooking and filtering the slurry. Modern production processes use cooking and grinding techniques that deactivate the enzyme in soy that produces a "beany" flavor, as most western palates find this taste unpleasant in their "milk." 

The milk is homogenized to ensure that fat doesn't separate from the rest of the liquid, and it's also often ultra-heated-treated (UHT) for sterilization. In addition, manufacturers add water, sugar, oil, flavors, vitamins, and minerals to the milk to make it more tasty and nutritious.

The end product is a mild-tasting and creamy-textured milk that makes a great substitute for cow's milk, especially if you're a vegan or lactose intolerant. By consuming soy milk, you're also doing your bit for the environment, especially if you buy non-GMO or organic products, since growing soy and producing soy milk have a relatively low impact on the climate.

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