Is a Soy Latte good for you?
Is it healthier than a normal latte?
What's the difference between a normal latte and a soy latte?
First up lets get one thing straight the word Latte is of Italian origin from the word caffèlatte which translates to "coffee & milk" and is made with espresso and steamed milk. With the soy latte, the milk is substituted with soy milk.
Some people will find drinking a soy latte of benefit especially if they are lactose intolerant or suffer from an inflammatory bowel.
Fresh soy milk has less fat and carbs to that of cow and goat milk. Protein content of both cow and soy milk are similar. The difference between the two types is further reduced after the heat treatment both go through to destroy any bacteria that may be harmful to peoples health.
A typical 8-ounce soy milk latte contains around 90 calories with 20 calories from fat, no saturated fat and no cholesterol. A 12-ounce soy milk latte generally has about 130 calories with 35 calories from fat, about .59 grams of saturated fat and no cholesterol.
Where as a 8-ounce whole milk latte contains about 110 calories with 50 calories from fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 20 milligrams of cholesterol.
Eating foods that contain saturated fats and cholesterol can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Want to make your own at home
At the end of the day there is little difference between a milk and a soy latte health wise unless of course you are lactose intolerant or suffer from diseases like inflammatory bowel.
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