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Soy has always been associated with a bad reputation because it can have a huge impact on hormones. Is it true? And if so, do only women have to avoid it, or men and children as well?
Because soy milk is evident in most processed foods, many people choose to avoid it in an attempt to reduce their soy intake. But the question is if soy milk is safe for children.
Soy milk for children
Nowadays, it is quite common to find children who are lactose intolerant or even allergic to cow’s milk. This makes soy milk an excellent alternative for children as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fortified soy milk is nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk and is an acceptable alternative. As long as the soy milk you choose for your child has the label fortified and you limit consumption to 1-2 cups per day, then soy milk will not be harmful to your child. However, when considering whether to give your infant (0-24 months old) soy milk, it is recommended that you consult your child’s pediatrician first.
Soy milk and allergies
To make sure soy milk doesn’t harm your child’s health, you need to look out for signs of allergies as some children might be allergic to soy products.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please consult your doctor immediately:
- Skin rash
- Stomach ache
- Difficulty breathing
Health benefits of Soy milk
Because soy is rich in protein:
- It is a great source of plant-based protein and an excellent alternative to cow’s milk.
- It is also very low in saturated fats but very rich in healthy fats such as omega-6 and omega-3.
- Acts as an anti-oxidant
Side effects of soy milk
- When taken in large quantities, it can cause hormonal disruptions in women.
- Children who consume large quantities of soy milk are prone to getting Kawaski Disease
- Increases the risk of kidney stones.