I am no fan of soy milk. Let me be honest, when I go to someone's house and they offer me tea with soy milk I die a little on the inside. I know some people can't digest, or find it hard to digest dairy products and some are vegan out of principle but there is a reactionary bit of me that screams 'it's a fad' every time I see soy milk. Well aren't I the fool? it turns out those soy chai latte swilling hipsters were onto something (to be fair it is a staple in many Asian diets not just for the bearded ones). Recent research published in Rheumatology International showed a very significantly lower incidence of osteophyte (bony outgrowths that are one of the main indicators of osteoarthritis) development in members of the study group (5764 Chinese patients over 40 attending for a weight-bearing knee x-ray as part of a routine checkup). Interestingly joint space narrowing (indicative of loss of articular cartilage was not affected). It is too early to say what the implications are but I may occasionally swallow my prejudices and take the soy option from here on in.
Damian is the principal osteopath at Vauxhall Village Osteopathy and Oval Osteopathy