publication . Article . 2002

Soy-based Infant Formula: A Safe Choice for Babies?

Su, Tien-l Karleen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2002
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Making up about 25% of the current infant-formula market in the U.S., soy-based infant formulas are lifesaving alternatives for infants who cannot rely on traditional sources of milk for complete nutrition. While many studies have supported the effectiveness of soy-formula consumption for normal growth and development, the controversy over the potentially harmful effects of early exposure to isoflavones (phytoestrogens found in soy formulas) remains to be resolved. The plasma concentration of isoflavones in soy-fed infants is so high that it is more than 13,000 times higher than that of estradiol found in early life (9). Since the exposure to high levels of estr...
Subjects
free text keywords: Soybean Proteins/adverse effects, Isoflavones/adverse effects, Infant Food, Infant, Newborn, Infant Nutrition, Phytoestrogens
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