I have a bit of a hormone issue in that too much non-organic/raw dairy gives me hormonal facial acne. So let's say that I want to go to Starbucks for a very rare treat (free drink on my bday!). Which would be a better choice in terms of hormones: organic soy milk (which I never consume) or conventional milk? Normally avoiding dairy would be a no-brainer but I am concerned about the effect of soy estrogen.
Edit I am mainly asking if anyone has a reference to the hormone content of conventional cream vs organic soymilk. I am not debating the merits of having cream vs milk vs soy. I already consume raw, local dairy but I avoid conventional dairy for the HORMONE effects. I already drank heavy cream in my coffee (when not black) but noticed conventional dairy has hormones that give me acne. However, soy milk is not good for hormones either. I realize I am comparing bad vs bad but I would like to get a numerical measure for estrogen or growth hormone content.
My personal take on it is that if you don't do well with conventional dairy, and you're going for the occasional treat, I'd probably get the soy. I believe--please correct me if something's changed--that Starbucks uses organic soy milk. It's not perfect, and certainly I would avoid non-fermented soy whenever possible. That being said, having a soy latte once a year on your birthday isn't going to screw up your hormones. It's the everyday consumption of that + sugar + vegetable oils, etc., that will make you a mess. I say enjoy the latte on your birthday and don't feel guilty.
Let's make this simple.
You only have a drink once in a while? Correct?
Enjoy it the way you like it. There's little gain from restricting yourself on the occasional once every quarter/year treat. Save yourself the headache and enjoy it.
PS: I'm obviously not saying that you should go with the 32oz Vanilla Bean drink. Keep it within reason.
If you just want their coffe, get it black. Starbucks actually has some decent brews that do not need to be diluted with cream.
If you are getting a latte, then by default they use 2%. But you can ask for others: Skim, 1%, 2%, Whole, Heavy Cream, Half and Half, Soy, or Egg Nog.
If it is a very rare indulgence, go with whatever you want (Heavy Creme or Breve would be best). If you are going on a regular basis then experiment with it and see what works for you.
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