Soy-based infant nutrition: a review

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Yvan Vandenplas
Badriul Hegar


Dietary consumption of soy varies worldwide.
In Asia, people traditionally consume large
quantities of soy, while in Europe, soy is not
part of the traditional or daily eating habits.
The USA is a major soy producer. The mean intake of
isoflavones by an adult is 8 - 50 mg/day in Asia but only
0.5 - 3.5 mg/day in the Western world.1 The soy intake
of a vegetarian is 3 - 12 mg/day and a vegan achieves
an intake of 15-60 mg/day.2
In the early 1900s, soy-protein preparations
were the only option for the treatment of cow's milk
protein allergy (CMPA) . The first report of the use of
a soybean -based formula for infants dates from 1909.3
Most soy drinks are not enriched with zinc, iron,
calcium, phosphorous, methionine, or carnitine. Soy
drinks also do not contain soy isolate. Soy products
that do not fulfill the criteria to be an infant formula
are not adapted for infant feeding.

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Vandenplas Y, Hegar B. Soy-based infant nutrition: a review. PI [Internet]. 28Feb.2014 [cited 5Aug.2020];54(1):62-. Available from:
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Received 2016-08-16
Accepted 2016-08-16
Published 2014-02-28


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