CALCIUM IN SOYMILK

Myth: Soymilk has less calcium than cow milk

Fact:

The amount of calcium in soymilk is equivalent to the amount of calcium in cow’s milk.? In addition to naturally occurring calcium in soybeans, soymilk is fortified with 300-400 milligrams of calcium (30-40% of daily value) per 8 ounces, along with vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin B12.? Furthermore, soymilk contains no cholesterol and is very low in saturated fat.? Research shows that calcium absorption from calcium-fortified soymilk mirrors that from cow’s milk. In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that soymilk is the best alternative for people who do not consume cow’s milk because of allergies, lactose intolerance, or cultural and religious reasons.

This chart below outlines how soymilk compares to other milk alternatives and to cow’s milk:

Nutrient Content of Various Milk and Milk Alternative Beverages
Bev. (8 oz.) Cal Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Sugar (g) Protein (g) Ca. Vit. D
Fortified Soymilk* 109 5 0.5 6 7 30% 30%
Fortified Soymilk light* 73 2 0.5 6 6 30% 30%
Whole Milk* 149 8 5 12 8 30% 30%
2% Reduced Fat Milk* 122 5 3 12 8 30% 30%
Rice milk# 110 2.5 0 10 1 30% 25%
Almond milk# 70 3 0 7 1 30% 25%
Hemp milk# 100 6 0.5 6 2 30% 25%
Coconut milk# 80 5 5 6 1 10% 30%

* Data collected from the USDA Nutrient Database.
# Data collected from various sources, outside of the USDA Nutrient Database.

(Information from our Soy Infusion blog) For more information, click here.

References
Zhao Y, Martin BR, Weaver CM. Calcium bioavailability of calcium carbonate fortified soymilk is equivalent to cow’s milk in young women. J Nutr. 2005 Oct;135(10):2379-82