Many sources wildly exaggerate the negative effects of eating soy foods in both adults and children. It’s true that there may be concerns about ingesting soy isoflavones that are extracted and concentrated, but eating soy as food does not appear to be a problem for the vast majority of people. There used to be a concern with feeding soy-based formulas to infants because older (60’s-70’s) formulas lacked iodine but that’s been addressed.
There has been a “landmark study” about vegetarian children done on the children of “The Farm” in Tennessee, a large commune started in the early 1970’s. They had a vegan diet which was soy-based. The children, who are now adults and having their own children in some cases, have been studied for growth, health, etc. At the end of the article you can link to the footnotes, and there get the medical publications on these studies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concurs that a vegetarian diet is suitable for children, so long as infants and young children under 2 years of age consume plenty of heart-healthy fats for essential growth, including breast milk, vegetable fats and oils, avocados, nuts, seeds, and soy products. After the age of two, children should gradually limit dietary fat; by age five, only 20% to 30% of calories should come from fat. It’s easy to see why fresh soymilk can form part of a young diet!
|Great, healthy, delicious, refreshing drink. My 10 year old daughter loves it.
C. Lim, Mississauga, ON, April, 2004
A recipe for Soy Milk that kids LOVE!
- Fresh batch of soymilk made with the SoyQuick Soymilk Maker
- 2 tablespoons of barley malt extract
- 2 tablespoons organic sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Mix, and you’re good to go! I mix it while it’s hot then let it cool – it
Kids love frozen or fresh fruit and fresh soymilk from SoyQuick blended to make a fun and delicious smoothie. Encourage your kids to eat healthy. Start with fresh, delicious soymilk for only pennies a glass!