Soy. Is it a wonder food or food to avoid? I've been confused about this for years, so I finally decided to do some research and find out if soy is good for my kids or not. After weeks of research, I can now firmly state that soy products — like milk and yogurt — are in fact good for your kids. And they're not.
Soy milk and soy yogurt have a lot going for them. They are made from crushed soy beans, instead of cow's milk, so they are perfect for kids who are lactose intolerant. They also tend to have less fat and calories than their bovine counterparts, while maintaining similar levels of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. And soy milk tastes a little sweeter than cow's milk, so it's likely you won't have any problems getting your kids to wash it down.
Like most plants, soy contains phytoestrogens, or isoflavones, which may help lower cholesterol, but which may also affect hormone levels and the development of breast cancer. But here's the kicker — researchers can't figure out whether these phytoestrogens help promote or prevent breast cancer.
The fact is that people have been drinking soy milk since the 1960s, and no studies have ever shown that soy milk (or yogurt, or cheese, etc.) can have a harmful effect on your health. But that doesn't really make me feel any better.
The general consensus among health experts seems to be that soy products, in moderation, are perfectly healthy for kids and a good alternate source of nutrients, particularly for kids who won't or can't eat dairy products.
How's that for an ambiguous answer?