Nutritionist-MB, would you please include links to peer-reviewed scientific journal articles documenting your statements about soy versus fermented soy?
avismama24, your son can get lots of good-quality calcium from a whole-foods plant-based diet, including
* tofu and edamame (soy beans)
* sesame seeds (hummus contains tahini, a.k.a. ground sesame seeds)
* leafy greens including kale, collards, turnip greens, dandelion greens (not from your backyard, though, ha!), arugula, beet greens, mustard greens, and spinach (many kids love crunchy [dehydrated, dressed] kale, which tastes like salty snack chips but are much healthier)
* cornmeal is often fortified with calcium (make vegan cornbread or polenta)
* oatmeal is often fortified with calcium, too
* nut butters including almond
* other beans including white, kidney, and french
* some grains like teff
* chia seeds (yes, "ch-ch-ch-chia") are high in calcium (1 oz. has 18% of adult RDA), phosphorus, manganese, omega-3s, and protein (1 oz. has 9% of adult RDA)
* spices like savory, basil, marjoram, thyme, dill, celery seed, mint, parsley, cinnnamon, etc. (try vegan pesto)
I obtained this list by searching for foods high in calcium at http://nutritiondata.self.com/
which is a handy database with a tool to search for specific nutrients.
If it were me, I'd be careful not to introduce too much of any one nut (in nut-butter form) before a child is 6 months old, and continue to watch intake till the child is 3 years old. I'd try to give a variety of different nut butters. Sunflower seed butter is very yummy and nutritious, 1 T has 2% adult RDA for calcium, and it's my understanding that seeds are less allergenic than nuts in general.
Carrots are great healthy veggies, and they have calcium (3 oz contains about 3% of the adult RDA), yet I'd be careful not to give too much carrot. It's pretty easy to overconsume betacarotene by eating a lot of carrots, which turns your skin orange--harmless, but who wants an orange toddler? :PEdited by yam - 2/12/13 at 10:31am