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When can I stop buying soy milk?

post #1 of 11
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Hi! I have a 5-yr old son, and we are transitioning off of most soy products. I was wondering if anyone's pediatrician has suggested giving fortified soy milk to their child. Mine has! I think the reason was the amount of protein in the soy milk, or perhaps it was the calcium. (I can't remember!)  I want to stop buying soy milk for the family, but am wondering if I should still feed our son the fortified soy milk. Yes, we eat well - lots of green leafies, tofu, and nuts and fruits. I am not worried about him not getting his vitamins, minerals and protein.  Is there something I'm missing?

post #2 of 11

Well you could certainly go for a healthier dairy alternative like coconut, hemp, or almond milk.  They are all "fortified" but as long as you eat a balanced diet over the course of a week or so there's really no need to worry :-)

post #3 of 11
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The almond milk we are buying only has 1 gram of protein per serving, much less than soy milk. That's why I posted. Just wondering what others have heard from their peds.

post #4 of 11

I'm assuming that you had been recommended the soy milk because your family is vegetarian in the first place?  I'd guess in that case it was for the calcium and vitamin D or  the B12 (those are all specific things our ped's sometimes have brought up with the kids being vegetarian).  If you have other sources for those, and nobody is crazy into drinking soy milk, I think you're fine to let it go.  shrug.gif  That's my take on it.  We rarely do soy milk (or other milks) ourselves.

post #5 of 11
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Yea, i should check the B12 and D in the almond milk. If it is about the same as the soy, I am not gonna worry.
post #6 of 11
The difference is in the protein and fat content - soy milk being higher in both per serving and also more caloric as a result. As the others mentioned, they're all fortified so B12, calcium, and vitamin D aren't the issue. For veg children, the concern is that they fill up on lower calorie foods and high fibre foods by eating volume but necessarily enough calories. As long as there's plenty of fat and protein sources in his diet, switching to almond or hemp would be okay.
post #7 of 11
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I checked the almond milk and B12 is not added, so there is a difference btwn soy and other milks. You really gotta check the labels.
post #8 of 11
They have good supplements and you can supplement those things. Fortified milk is not the only way
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by LoveDiva View Post

They have good supplements and you can supplement those things. Fortified milk is not the only way

Absolutely. I just keep thinking back to why the physician specifically said to keep giving my son soy milk. She never mentioned supplements. Do physicians think it's more difficult to give kids chewable vitamins? Weird. I don't feel that giving a child a vitamin is much different than feeding him soy milk that has added vitamins. 

post #10 of 11

Another thing might be folate. That was a concern for my pediatrician. 

post #11 of 11

I think for us the MD figured soy milk has everything she would worry about, so it was simple to consider it a substitute for the cow milk that we don't use. I think the nutrient she wold be concerned about would be mostly calcium. It's pretty sunny where we live, and I've talked with her about D and sunshine. We do eat eggs, so b12 probably isn't an issue. Why not just ask the MD? Most likely you are already using foods that have whatever the MD is concerned about, and all you'd have to do would be to show that.

 

I've also noticed that commercially produced almond milk has very little nutrition, other than what is added. I can never figure out how you go from such an amazing food to one practically devoid of value with what ought to be a relatively simple process.

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