Soybeans and baby brains

Just like Gram Sloan used to grow…

The second study (following up on my last post), also published in Pediatrics, involves a comparison between soy formula and cow’s milk formula. The concern: given the known differences in cognitive development between breast and formula-fed babies, does soy pose any additional risks when compared with cow’s milk formula?

The authors, Aline Andres and colleagues at the University of Arkansas, focused on the role of isoflavones, an estrogen-like chemical found in soy. Their results: there was no difference in behavioral, psychomotor, and language development in the soy-fed babies compared with those who drank cow’s milk formula.

But…what they did find (again) is that neither the soy nor the cow’s milk groups did as well on testing as did breastfed babies. This difference held up even after mother’s age, socio-economic status, and IQ were taken into consideration.

So what is the deal about breastfeeding and better scores (or should I say formula feeding and lower scores)? More on that subject down the road…

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2 responses to “Soybeans and baby brains

  1. We surveyed some doctors and staff at the University of Virginia for their summer reading recommendations, and “Birth Day” was one of the recommendations. Lots of others also touched on child development and books for parents and for parents to read with their kids. Check it out: http://uvahealth.com/blog/index.php/2012/06/14/summer-reading-with-a-healthcare-twist-part-1/

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    • Thank you for letting me know about that, and please pass my thanks along to Sampson for such a kind review. I just started on my second book (code name: “Son of Birth Day”). I’ll be talking about that shortly in a post. Thanks again!

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