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Medical advice: Is soy really good for you?

 Soy products are now widely available in a range of health food items. Soy milk is promoted as a healthy option and is easily found in a variety of flavours. Soy based baby foods and formulas are becoming more common. 

Controversies around soy products

 

 

The Effects of Soy on Children

Infants and children are most susceptible to environmental and dietary issues. Manganese is absorbed by soy plants from the soil they are grown in. While a limited amount of manganese is vital for nutrition, extreme quantities in the body are associated with neurological damage. This is important information since soy baby formulas have nearly two hundred times manganese as compared to manganese content in breast milk.

Soy based formulas also have estrogen mimicing, plant based hormones called phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens have been connected to pre-adolescent female sexual development including breast growth and pubic hair. The combination of phytoestrogens and hormones in food and the environment can promote premature development in girls as young as eight. 

Baby boys can also be affected by phytoestrogens. Oestrogen interferes with normal testosterone development. Within the first three months of a baby boy’s life their bodies produce testosterone essential for the development of male characteristics. If testosterone production is interfered during this period, baby boys may not develop properly. 

It has been stated that one day’s worth of soy based infant formulas provides roughly the same amount of female hormones found in five birth control pills. As much as 22,000 times more oestrogen compounds have been noted in the bodies of soy formula fed babies than those who consume breast milk or traditional formulas. 

Although soy may seem like a healthy option, you may want to reconsider excessive use of soy in your diet.

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