Feeding choices can be complicated and choosing the best formula for your little one can be tough. Many parents have concerns about whether soy is safe for babies. Read on to learn more about soy in baby formula.
Soy Protein and Soybean Oil Contribute Differently In Formula
While soybean oil adds valuable fatty acids to plant-based fats used in a formula, soy protein is the base of soy formula. Soy formula is medically necessary for some babies (like those with severe conditions such as galactosemia or congenital lactase deficiency). Babies with cow milk protein allergy (who are not allergic to soy) may also use soy formula. Soy formula may also serve parents seeking a plant-based diet for their baby.
Soy Protein May Be A Concern For Some
Soy protein is a phytoestrogen, meaning that it may act like estrogen in the body and may disrupt normal hormonal functions. Soy protein is also a significant allergen, one of the more common food allergies in babies and young children. It is soy protein, not soybean oil that may disrupt hormones and provoke allergy. Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is free of soy protein; the soybean oil used is a part of a premium fat blend
Soy is Often Genetically Modified
Reading labels and knowing the pedigree of foods is becoming increasingly important, with 31% of US consumers looking for non-GMO ingredients in the grocery store. In North America, approximately 90% of all soy grown is genetically modified. Since Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is manufactured in the Netherlands, it meets strict European regulations that restrict the use of GMOs. The soybean oil used in Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is non-GMO according to EU standards.
Is Soy in Formula Bad For You?
Soy may contribute both protein and fat (oil) to formula. Any primary concern around hormone disruption and allergy is associated with soy protein only. The issues raised with GMOs may apply to both soy protein and soybean oil. Reading labels and knowing where ingredients are sourced is critical. Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is free of soy protein and uses non-GMO soybean oil.
Ultimately, every baby and situation is unique. Your health professional is the best resource to help guide your feeding decisions to make an informed choice.
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Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula may be an option for little ones during feeding transitions, such as weaning and supplementing, or those with minor issues associated with cow milk sensitivity*.
*Not suitable for children with confirmed cow milk protein allergy