by Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD
Soy milk has been shown to be equal to dairy milk in preventing osteoporosis. Soy milk, fortified and consumed at least once per day, was as effective as dairy consumption in protecting against osteoporosis. This finding comes from a cohort of 337 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Adventist Health Study 2. Those drinking soy milk at least once per day had 58% lower odds of osteoporosis, and women drinking dairy milk at least once per day had 62% lower odds compared to women drinking dairy less than 2 times per week. So when selecting soy beverages, make sure they are fortified with calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.