Soybean Controversy Related to Allergy and Fertility
As a food with complete protein, soy is often used as an alternative source of intake. Soybeans can be used as formula milk or food for adults. But behind its benefits, soy also has a number of controversies that are often debated.
There are various claims of benefits and side effects from soy consumption, both as a basic ingredient in food and milk. Although most have not been clinically approved, there is no harm in seeing all this controversy.
Soy Milk for Infants Cow Milk Allergy
Soy-based formula milk is often used as a substitute for breast milk, especially in babies who are allergic to cow’s milk-based formula milk or if the baby’s digestion cannot digest lactose. This allergy usually causes the baby to have diarrhea or cry after feeding because his digestion becomes uncomfortable.
Apart from this experience, you should not immediately replace breastfeeding with soy-based formula milk, unless it has been recommended by a doctor. Therefore, breast milk is the best primary nutrient intake for infants in the first six months of life.
There are several reasons why giving soy formula milk needs to be given with care. First, because formula milk is no better than other formula-based milk. Second, soy formula also contains sugar or glucose which can be more harmful to baby’s dental health compared to lactose found in cow’s milk based formula.
Chances are Soy Triggers Allergies in Infants
Protein in soy can cause allergies in some babies. Soy allergy can occur shortly after the baby is born and can subside at around three years of age. This allergy occurs when the immune system considers the protein in soybeans as a dangerous material and creates immunity to fight it.
Besides being processed into milk, soybean is also widely used as a basis for various foods, such as tofu, tempeh, soy sauce, and several types of peanut butter and cereals. The emergence of soy allergy is usually characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, itchy and reddish skin, swelling on the face, or watery eyes.
Effects of Soybean on Male Reproductive Organs
Some people believe that the phytoestrogens found in soy milk can have an impact on the development of the reproductive organs, especially in male babies. This is because the chemical structure contained in phytoestrogens is predicted to be similar to the hormone estrogen in women.
According to research, men who consume too much soy-based foods tend to have lower sperm concentrations than those who consume less. However, this study does not prove that soy is the cause of low sperm concentration.
This is due to other factors that can also affect sperm count, such as obesity. Men with high body fat levels tend to produce more estrogen than thin men.
Although the research is still in a limited scope, but for men who plan to have babies it is advisable to limit consumption of soy to prevent a decrease in sperm count. Then stop bad lifestyles, such as smoking and drinking habits, because they are more at risk of causing reproductive disorders.
Effects of Soybean and Female Fertility
Several studies have revealed that consuming too much soy-based products can inhibit women’s fertility. This happens because the content of isoflavones in soy can affect the menstrual cycle. However, this research still needs further evidence.
Other studies reveal that women who consume soy-rich foods or take supplements made from soy may not experience fertility problems. But on the other hand, a diet rich in phytoestrogens can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Considering the benefits and risks, it is recommended to consume soy in reasonable portions. For consumption of soy milk for babies or children, you should consult a doctor. If after consuming soy or processed products, allergic reactions or other complaints arise, you should immediately contact a doctor.