Silk Soymilk Ingredients

by Skyler White

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Silk soymilk can be used as an alternative to dairy milk, particularly by those who are lactose-intolerant. According to a 2002 study by M. Rivas et al., published in the "Journal of Nutrition," soy-based diets, like those including soymilk, decreased blood pressure in those with hypertension. This was attributed to the presence of isoflavonoids, which are known for their health-promoting benefits. "Fitness" magazine notes soymilk’s benefit of lowering the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease, bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Silk soymilk products, which are distributed by WhiteWave Foods, only contain natural ingredients.

Organic Soymilk

Organic soymilk is manufactured using filtered water and whole organic soybeans. The manufacturer presses the beans into the filtered water to remove the insoluble fiber without disturbing or removing the soy protein, antioxidants and naturally present omega-3 fatty acids. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an organic certification process that restricts the use of the word "organic" to commercial products that meet stringent standards. Silk soymilk does not utilize chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth, insecticide or chemical herbicides, and therefore is able to label its products organic.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice

Evaporated cane juice is a healthy alternative to white, refined sugar, although the caloric amounts are comparable. The difference is that evaporated cane juice retains some of the trace elements and minerals not present in refined sugar, which is highly processed, according to Consumer Reports.

Natural Flavors and Supplementary Ingredients

After the soybeans are pressed, natural vanilla flavor, sea salt, carrageenan--a seaweed extract thickener--and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, folate, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium and riboflavin are added to Silk soymilk. The beverage only has 100 calories per 8-oz. serving, with less than half the amount of total fat at 3.5 grams compared to 8 grams in regular dairy milk. Additionally, a serving of Silk soymilk contains only 0.5 grams of saturated fat, compared to 5 grams of saturated fat in dairy milk, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Data Nutrient Laboratory.

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About the Author

Skyler White is an avid writer and anthropologist who has written for numerous publications. As a writing professional since 2005, White's areas of interests include lifestyle, business, medicine, forensics, animals and green living. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in forensic science from Pace University.