Soy beverages in childhood

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Soy beverages in childhood

Seixas Alva Martin, nutritionist, explains the nutritional composition of these drinks and whether they are beneficial for children.

There are variations in the market for soy juice depending on the brand, but the average values ​​are around 45 to 55 kcal / 100 ml, which represents more than a third of daily energy needs. Most of the products, rather than the name suggests, there is more than a common soda or nectar.

Consider the list of ingredients such as: water, fruit juice-based juice concentrate (ten to 20 percent on average), sugar (cane sugar, fructose or dextrose), soybeans (two to four percent on average ), stabilizers: pectin and agar-agar, acidity regulators, lactic acid and citric acid, natural flavoring, salt.

The average nutritional composition of proteins has values ​​between 0.5 to 2 g. fat (between 0.2 and 1 g) and 10 g of carbohydrates of which are sugars 9 g and 0.0 g lactose is.

As you can see the list of ingredients and nutritional information, juices or fruit juices with soy have too many sugars. The juice or fruit juice with soy are not an acceptable substitute for milk or soy drink enriched with calcium (and preferably, vitamins D and B12), or cow's milk.

Childhood soy beverages contain calcium and are low in protein, it is not an acceptable substitute for milk or soy drink enriched with calcium (and preferably, vitamins D and B12) or cow's milk.

If you intend to replace the dairy, soy milk should provide, for each 100 ml, approximately: 45 calories, 3.5 g protein, 3 grams of carbohydrates or carbohydrates, 120 mg of calcium and 0.05? G of vitamin D.

Although they have a known allergenic potential, the soy milk is an alternative recommended by pediatricians to babies born to vegan parents, who are allergic to cow's milk protein or lactose intolerance.

The content of phytoestrogens, this ranges from 1 to 2 mg/100 ml (the higher the amount of protein, the more isoflavones). Either way, you would drink almost two liters of fruit juice for soy isoflavones provided by a cup of soy milk.

The fruit juice with soy can steal space for food essential to the development of a child and can cause a serious problem in eating behavior, to habituate them to eating sweet and watery.