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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Soy should not be consumed by infants and children because of it's potential adverse side effects

This post contains a synopsis of a paper published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2003 Aug;39(6):401-5 and a recipe for Thai chicken with cauliflower and diced peppers.

Study title and author:
Soy infant formula and phytoestrogens.
Tuohy PG.
Ministry of Health, Wellington, New Zealand.

This paper can be accessed at:

Consumer's Guide to Dietary Supplements And Alternative Medicines: Servings of Hope
Tuohy notes that soy infant formula contains high levels of the isoflavones, genistein and daidzein, which are commonly referred to as phytoestrogens. These are chemicals similar to estrogen. Infants consuming soy formula have high levels of circulating isoflavones. These are an order of magnitude greater than the levels of isoflavones which have been shown to produce physiological effects in adult women consuming a high soy diet.

There is an increasing number of recent reports that suggest that in experimental animals, phytoestrogens have adverse effects with respect to cancer, reproductive function, immune function, and thyroid disease.

Tuohy concludes that soy should probably not be consumed by infants and children because of it's potential adverse side effects.

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Recipe of the day

Thai Chicken with Cauliflower and Diced Peppers

Ingredient list:
One pound of skinless, boneless chicken thighs
5# Organic Chicken Thigh
Food Mall: Chicken Thighs
One medium-sized cauliflower
One 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
Two 4-oz cans of mild green chilies
One package of fresh baby spinach
Extra virgin olive oil
Curry powder (red, yellow, or green)
Hokan Fish sauce

In preparation, perform the following:
Cut chicken into bite-sized cubes, cauliflower into bite-sized florets, and dice chilies into small pieces.

Heat 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in wok. Add 2-tablespoons of curry powder and stir-fry for one-minute. Add chicken and a good dusting of salt and stir-fry until chicken begins to brown. Add coconut milk, cauliflower, and chilies (with all liquid in cans). Add a heavy splash or three of Fish Sauce. Stir well and bring mix to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let cook 10-15 minutes until cauliflower becomes tender. Serve over a bed of fresh baby spinach.