Like every new parent you are probably worried and researching the various baby formula alternatives for your precious package. There is always new information coming out and always new recommendations to be aware of. Maybe you’ve come across blogs or articles voicing concerns about soy in formula?
We’ve researched and chatted amongst ourselves and hit blogs and articles relentlessly to form an opinion we’d like to share with you.
In our view, from the research available now, it would be best to avoid soy in your baby’s formula. Why? Soy is healthy right? It’s natural! It’s plant based. Yes, all of these things are true so why is soy unhealthy for your baby?
Well recently there was an NIEHS funded study “A longitudinal study of estrogen-responsive tissues and hormone concentrations in infants fed soy formula,” and it found cause for further research and conclusions as a matter of urgency. The concerns raised were that “Soy formula contains high concentrations of plant-based estrogen-like compounds”. What does that mean? It means that soy formulas contain a compound that is like estrogen, and it’s present in a high level. It can change the body’s normal hormonal development.
The study found more impact of soy in girls. Vaginal cell MI was higher and uterine volume decreased more slowly. What does that mean? Well the long term consequences aren’t yet known. It needs further study. But certainly, anything that has the potential to change the estrogen level and hormonal development of your baby has to be approached with great caution and conviction.
There are great alternatives and we offer only soy free baby formulas in our Organic Baby Food Shop. We are dedicated to providing the best organic baby formula in the world directly to parents in the USA. Here is a list of some of our great organic formulas that do not contain soy: