Studies examining the health aspects of soya consumption have also focused on soya consumption in children or nursing mothers. Their main finding is that eating normal amounts of soya does not have a negative effect on the development of children or mothers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consuming up to two soya foods a day as part of a balanced diet for children. For women, it even reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.
Eating soya does not pose a risk to infants
A large study published in 2001 in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that infants fed soya products were as healthy as those fed cow’s milk products. The study looked at 811 men and women between the ages of 20 and 34 who had taken part in a study on soya diets and cow’s milk diets as children. No significant differences were found between them over more than 30 different aspects of health.
Feeding with breast milk is the safest
Despite the harmlessness of soya, doctors still point out that there is no better food for babies than breast milk. Babies fed only breast milk show phenomenal benefits.