“But what about that phytoestrogen thing?” you might wonder. “Won’t soy milk mess with my hormones?”
“That’s not true at all,” says Dr. Davis. “Soy milk doesn’t cause boobs in men, and the studies show it might be beneficial for people who have had breast cancer. You’ll get a whole bunch more hormones from a cow than you will from soy.”
Soy milk’s taste also is among the closest to dairy milk’s, so if you’re a plant-based milk n00b, that could be a plus.
When in doubt, try 'em all
Even though this ranking attempts to differentiate between the various nondairy milks, they're all probably better in the long run than dairy, and you can pick and choose to create the flavors your taste buds prefer, and the nutrients your body needs.
“I tell people to try all the different milks,” Dr. Davis says. “I counsel my patients away from animal products as much as possible. Not everyone has to be vegan, but if you choose a nut milk, you’re choosing a lower-fat, nutrient dense food -- and then I’m happy.”