What’s in you’re bottle? Well, let’s specify, what’s in your child’s bottle? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, there’s about one-quarter of U.S. children with soy in theirs. Parents sometimes choose soy formula in the belief that it’s less allergenic than cow’s milk–based formula or the child comes from a family with a vegan lifestyle.
Also, note that except for domesticated animals to whom we feed milk, humans are the only species that drink the milk of another species.
Are you okay with your cat and your child drinking the same milk?
Soy protein-based nutrition has been used during infancy for centuries in the Orient, the first use of soy formula feeding in this country was around 1909.
Unlike soy milk, which is sometimes mistakenly used for feeding a child, soy base formula contains soy protein isolate, fortified with additional amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and fats necessary to support infant growth and development. Which essentially makes this a liquid super food.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds that isolated soy protein-based formulas are a safe and nutritionally equivalent alternative to cow milk-based formula for term infants whose nutritional needs are not met from breast milk.
-Without question the ” healthiest food for infants is breast milk.”
-Giving cow’s milk to babies may have adverse long-term health effects on them, including increased risk of childhood obesity, which leads to numerous health concerns.
-Parents should also note the food additive carrageenan has been pulled from infant formula in Europe, but is allowed in U.S. formula. Carrageenan in its raw form, sometimes called “Irish moss,” has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. The name carrageenan is derived from the Irish word carraigín, meaning “little rock,” as the seaweed naturally forms on small rocks in coastal waters. Today, carrageenan is sustainably farmed and processed for use as a stabilizing ingredient in a variety of foods, including dairy, meat and drink products.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, some 30 million to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans
related article: Plant-base or Dairy? What’s your choice of milk for your kids?
Still on the fence
Eventually, milk increases levels of the growth hormone IGF-1 in our bodies by stimulating it’s production in the liver. Increased IGF-1 levels are linked to cancers of the bowel, breast and prostate. It may also transform pre-existing or benign tumors into a more aggressive form of cancer. Look for warning labels in the near future to be placed on products that contain dairy.
Professor T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, says that IGF-1 may turn out to be a predictor of certain cancers in the same way that cholesterol is a predictor of heart disease. See the China Study
Contains isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen that is 1000 times weaker than human estrogen and does not behave exactly like human estrogens in our bodies. Isoflavones block some of estrogen’s effects and mimic others, generally resulting in health benefits. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Soy has the highest protein and fat content of any legume and is high in iron and fiber.
Early studies revealed that the full nutritional value of soybean protein is achieved only after heat has been applied. Subsequent studies confirmed the presence of a number of heat-labile factors with biological activity in soybean-based products. The most prominent of these factors is a soybean protease inhibitor with the properties of an antitrypsin, antichymotrypsin, and antielastin. Soybean protein isolate, as heated for infant formulas, removes 80% to 90% of this protease inhibitor activity and renders it nutritionally irrelevant. There also are heat-stable factors that remain in the soy protein isolate, including the low-molecular-weight fibers, phytates, saponins, and phytoestrogens.
So, at the end of the day, you have to make decisions for your babies. The dangers of dairy are well documented and soon you’ll most likely see warning labels on their products. We have to understand all the data that’s out there, making sure they’re from reliable sources, do your research, bring your questions up to your pediatrician and discuss with your family.
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