when I read this thread yesterday I found it troubling. Yet another thing to be afraid of giving my baby. We are vegetarian and she relies on soy based food three times per week for some of her protein intake. Her organic formula also has soybean oil in it. So I emailed the organic formula company and called our pediatrician. He happens to be the non-vax holistic pediatrician who is not afraid to ban things that are not good for babies. He said soy is fine, it does not stunt growth, it does not inhibit digestion and to feed her everything in moderation.
I could get into what meat has in it, including turkey dogs, that is definitely carcinogenic and toxic to all of us, but that's another subject probably,
Here too is what the organic formula company had to say about the "anti-soy hype". Enjoy:
To clarify, the dairy based formula does contain soybean oil. However, that
is just a source for the essential fatty acids, not the soy protein. The
various hormones found in soy are isolated to the protein portion, not the
fatty acids. Baby's Only Organic(r) Dairy does not contain soy protein.
Of course, Nature's One does offer a non-dairy soy-based formula in addition
to the dairy-based formula. The soy-based formula does contain soy protein.
However, you may be interested to learn that the anti-soy hype being spread
through the Internet is mostly baseless mock-science that draws ridiculous
conclusions from animal studies. These studies have no human inference.
Unfortunately, there are many motivated individuals and organizations with
an economical interest in spreading deception about soy and its effects on
infants. Nature's One has looked into all of the mock-science that reports
these fabricated conclusions. Below is our response to all of the anti-soy
hype that is being spread by what many natural food leaders suppose is
sponsored through the dairy industry.
The groups that aggressively promote anti-soy sentiment are NOT basing their
opinions on clinical research, but anecdotal observations. None of their
research has been duplicated in supporting studies nor attempted because it
was determined early on that the observations where unfounded. In addition
to this, the anecdotal evidence that Nature's One has reviewed is decades
old and based on conjecture or beliefs of what a "scientist" believes to be
factual. More disturbing is that very little of the research is even
footnoted so the full reference can be reviewed. Again, most of it is just
Unfortunately, the Internet gives these groups the ability to propagate
their message un-hindered by reasonable scientific analysis.
Here are some facts to consider:
1. A review of the literature by Karen Kline, a pediatric endocrinologist
that found no reports of hormonal effects resulting from infants consuming
soy formulas ( Isoflavones, soy-based infant formulas, and relevance to
endocrine function. 1998. Nutrition Rev 46:193-204).
2. A clinical study demonstrating normal growth of infants fed soy formulas
for the first year of life. (Lasekan et al, Growth of newborn, term infants
fed soy formulas for 1 year. 1999;38:563-571) and an abstract of the same
study demonstrating normal immune function and response to routine childhood
vaccinations during the first year of life (Ostrom et al, Immune function
and morbidity of term infants fed soy formulas. 1998;J Pediatr Gastroenterol
3. A study published in the August, 2001 issue of the Journal of the
American Medical Association of several hundred young adults who had
received either soy- or milk-based formulas as infants. This study,
partially supported by the National Institutes of Health, found no
scientific evidence of hormonal or other negative effects in these adults.
When asked about their general health and development, no statistically
significant differences were found between the two formula groups, in
either females or males, for many variables including anthropometrics,
indices of precocity , and a large number of other nonreproductive and
reproductive outcomes, including cancer and infertility. The findings of
this study are very reassuring about the safety of soy infant formulas.
4. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of soy formulas
when an alternative to cow milk formula is desired. Soy infant formulas
remain an important and safe feeding option for formula-fed infants
(American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, Soy protein-based
formulas: recommendations for use in infant feeding, Pediatrics
5. A study supporting feeding a soy formula as a post-diarrheal feeding by
Allen et al. Cow's milk versus soy-based formula in milk and moderate
diarrhea: a randomized, controlled trial. Acta Paediatr 1994;83:183-187.
6. Soy protein formulas have been fed for decades to millions of babies
throughout the world. There are many healthy, intelligent adults alive today
that where exclusively soy formula fed. Asian and Hispanic groups, known to
have high incidents of lactose intolerance, are heavy users of soy infant
formulas; Asians are heavy users of whole soybean foods. Asian and Hispanic
groups make-up a large percentage of the total world population. If soy
infant formulas created a health disaster, it would be well documented and
7. Soy infant formulas have undergone extensive infant biochemistry testing,
conducted under medically supervised studies. These studies rely on actual
blood plasma tests from infant participants. This is a critical step that
has never been performed by any of the scientist referred to by the anti-soy
groups. Of course, this is no surprise since it will not support their
8. Breast milk values of all nutrients, as reported, are based on average
tested values of breast milk from a sampling of US mothers in various
regions in 1972. It would be interesting to see how much manganese is found
in breast milk from mothers living in Asia, where soy is a regularly
9. Humans only can absorb about 25- 35% of the dietary manganese. Therefore,
it is poorly absorbed through foods. As you know, breast milk is
specifically designed for humans and all of the nutrients are highly
10. If a baby is milk lactose or milk protein sensitive, soy-protein is the
only vegetable protein known to support human life. Even with all its
benefits, soy protein is still deficient of two critical amino acids. Infant
formulas and Baby's Only Organic(r) SOY add those amino acids to correct for
12. Phytic acid found in plant proteins (not milk) is known to block the
absorption of some minerals. This is especially true of zinc, iron and
possibly copper & manganese. Therefore, more of these nutrients are needed
to insure that a minimum amount is actually being absorbed. Almost all of
the phytic acid is naturally removed during pasteurization of infant
formulas; however some does remain.
13. Baby's Only Organic uses whole organic soybean concentrate. Other
formulas use soy protein isolates which chemically removes all the naturally
occurring components of the soybean except the protein, manganese and
phytoestrogens. Baby's Only Organic(r) SOY retains many of the natural
benefits of the whole soybean milk as nature intended. We believe this
provides balance among all the vitamins/minerals naturally found in our SOY
Check out these website for more information:http://www.soybean.com/assault1.htm
(American Academy of Pediatrics)
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