Monday, August 30, 2010
This is an excerpt from 1999 post at bnet. Check out the full story
In 1996, Dr. Kenneth Setchell of the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati studied five leading brands of soy-based baby milk. He found the products contain the phytoestrogen level of several contraceptive pills every day, about six to 11 times the amount that alters the menstrual cycle.
The Infant Formula Council (IFC) supports the Food and Drug Administration's view that GE [genetically engineered] soybeans are safe. However, the Center of Ethics and Toxics (CETOS), a nonprofit research organization, recently published research indicating a 200 to 300 percent increase in phytoestrogen levels of transgenic soybeans. "There may be a big difference when you genetically modify plants from their original form," says CETOS' Mark Lappe. "The assumptions that the FDA and U.S. regulators have made exempting transgenic food from harm may be fallacious."
Even if you're certain that your soy formula was produced from organic, non-GE sources, you're left with questions about safe dosage levels. Unfortunately, no standards exist. The FDA regards supplements and baby formulas as food, not drugs, and exempts them from extensive testing protocols. "Soy is used like water here and I think that's very scary," says Baumslag. "People are getting their information from drug and food companies rather than from careful research."
This information is certainly concerning, however this post is more than 10 years old. I would be interesting to see what the regulations are now, and if the phytoestrogen levels are still that high? Surprisingly there isn't a whole lot of recent literature on the web. I was considering giving my son soy milk instead of cows milk when he turns one year, but honestly now I am reconsidering. I have talked to a few moms who use rice milk and almond milk. I have also heard of oat milk but don't know much about it...I'll keep you posted. Would love to hear the opinion of anyone else who is interested in this topic!
Posted by Brick by Brick at 4:09 PM