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Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk   [824호]
Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk0Introduction
Milk substitutes are found in the diets of many vegans and those with lactose intolerance, but they are steadily gaining popularity among the general public as well. Soy milk and almond milk are two of the most common milk alternatives, but which is better?

Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk3Constructive Debater 1 Henry
According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, almond milk has a lot of drawbacks. After testing four different types of milk substitutes, the researchers discovered that soy milk is the best choice. Almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk lack many essential nutrients that are important for overall health. Soy milk contains about 10 g of protein per serving, which is comparable to the amount of protein in regular milk. Soy milk also contains isoflavones, which have cancer-fighting properties.

Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk6Constructive Debater 2 Ashley
Almond milk is vegan and naturally free of lactose. You can say the same thing about soy milk, but soy is a common allergen for both adults and children. According to a study in Food Research International, up to 14 percent of people who are allergic to regular milk are also allergic to soy milk. Plus, most of the soy produced in the U.S. comes from genetically modified plants. Furthermore, almond milk is really versatile. If a recipe calls for milk, you can use almond milk instead.

Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk9Rebuttal Debater 1 Henry
Almond milk is a source of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that may cause migraines. Also, according to connectusfund.org, almond milk affects hormone levels and is “not safe for patients with thyroid conditions.” Moreover, there are many people with nut allergies. Almond milk may trigger a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which causes an itchy rash, throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, lightheadedness, and low blood pressure. Lastly, soy milk is even more versatile because of its consistency. Almond milk is too watery.

Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk12Rebuttal Debater Debater 2 Ashley
Almond milk is healthy, too. First of all, it is very low in calories. Almond milk contains about 36 calories and 3 g of fat per serving, but soy milk contains about 80 calories and 4 g of fat. Moreover, almond milk is full of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial to weight loss and weight management. These fatty acids have also been shown to reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol. In addition, many brands of almond milk are fortified with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

Soy Milk Versus Almond Milk15Judge’s Comments
Both Henry and Ashley did a good job this week, but whose argument was stronger? Do you prefer soy milk or almond milk? Come up with at least three reasons to support your opinion.

Chris Hong
Copy Editor
1. According to a 2018 study, what are some drawbacks of almond milk?
2. Where does most of the soy produced in the U.S. come from?
3. What is tyrosine?
1. Who do you think presented the better argument this week?
2. Did you question the credibility of any of Henry and Ashley's claims?
3. In general, should humans move away from drinking milk from animals? 4. Do you have a preference when it comes to soy milk and almond milk?