Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often recommended to limit milk.So they usually to use other substitute to it.Can patients with CKD drink soy milk?
Soy milk has many health benefits.It can improve lipid profile,strengthen blood vessels integrity,prevent osteoporosis etc.These health benefits make soy milk become a good drink for the general population.The patients with CKD should drink soy milk in moderation.
Soy milk is a non-dairy beverage that is made from soybeans.Many patients with CKD may think it is loaded in proteins so quit drinking it. Excess proteins can produce large amount of urea which is toxic to body. In fact, soy milk is moderately rich in protein,as each cup contains 5 g. This amount is less than dairy milk,which contains 8g per cup.So soy milk is a better choice than animal milk.
Additionally,replacement of animal product with soy milk for CKD patients can reduce protein loss in the urine and may help preserve renal function.This is attributed to phytoestrogens from soy.
However,soy milk is rich in protein in moderation as mentioned above. The protein in soy milk should be contained the total daily protein intake for people with CKD.
Apart from soy milk, what milk is good to the patients with CKD? Calcium,phosphorus,potassium and protein content should all be considered when choosing a milk alternative.Rice milk,almond milk and nondairy milk can be alternatives to the patients with CKD.
When choosing a milk,the patients with CKD should read the labels to see the nutrients in it.Meanwhile,as the condition varies from individual to individual, the patients should consult a dietitian to choose the right milk type.