Food and Nutrition

Infant Formula & Aluminium - Soy Ya Later!

| by Val

Recently, a study has pointed to the fact that there is too much aluminium in some infant formulas.

...The aluminium content of powders used to make milks varied from ca 2.4 to 4.3 µg/g. The latter content was for a soya-based formula and equated to a ready-to-drink milk concentration of 629 µg/L.  Using the manufacturer’s own guidelines of formula consumption the average daily ingestion of aluminium from infant formulas for a child of 6 months varied from ca  200 to 600 µg of aluminium. Generally ingestion was higher from powdered as compared to ready-made formulas.  

So it appears that soy based formulas might have had a signifcantly higher amount of aluminium. Up to 40 times more than breast milk.

The soy industry is big, and manufacturers find monetary benefit based upon ongoing and even increasing use of soy in products that we ingest daily. One day at the grocery store, I made it a point to read the ingredient labels on the differing food products that I needed - and was amazed at how many of those products have some form of soy in them.

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Soybean substance:

  • ...are high in anti nutrients - with inhibitors that deter protein digestion.
  • ...can cause red blood cells to clump together.
  • ...have growth depressants.
  • ...leads to depressed thyroid function.
  • ...prevents absorbtion of minerals.

In an effort to remove negative effects from soy, soybeans are taken through a series of chemical processes, including acid washing in aluminum tanks. This leaches high levels of aluminum, a toxic heavy metal, into the final soy products. Many soy foods also have toxic levels of manganese. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk. (Dr. Kaayla Daniel)

Pfizer has rejected the notion that aluminium in their infant formula presents any risk. Even proposing that the aluminium is there due to the natural state of things - and possibly affected by packaging.  Pfizer said that no aluminium was added to its products as part of the manufacturing process and that the metal was present naturally in many foodstuffs, cooking utensils and packaging. (link) A head spinning play on the facts - given the knowledge that soybeans are taken through a series of chemical processes, including acid washes in aluminium tanks - while being processed for use in infant formula. A fact, I am sure - of which Pfizer is aware.  Now that the public has been made aware of the presence of possibly toxic levels of aluminium - might  there be a limited amount of time in which consumers can take legal action?

The soy bean is indeed a natural food, but it has become one of the most genetically modified crops in the industry. Furthermore, in countries where soy beans grow naturally and wild, soy is never the main course as it is here for many consumers...the majority of health concious consumers eating modernized soy products are eating a food that was never designed for human consumption. Fermented soy is the exception. (Dr. B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto, Dr. Ben Lerner)

From Estrogen Mimics Angry Implications

Lots of natural things are harmful (apple seeds, poison ivy, belladonna (deadly nightshade)). More important, soy milk and soy infant formula are about as natural as Coca Cola. The soy beans and the bean plants are "natural," but the products are unnatural. To make soy milk and formula, the beans are processed chemically to extract and concentrate the protein and fat components, which are then mixed with lots of sugar (quite often it's high fructose corn syrup, a whole other story). Soy milk and infant formula are more calorically dense than any "natural" food, including breast milk. When our pre-agricultural ancestors ate various beans and plants, they probably never experienced soy isoflavones at the high concentration of soy milk, nor did they consume liquid drinks with the high caloric value of soy milk. Soy milk, soy infant formula, tofu, tempeh, etc. are not natural, they are highly processed food products made from a natural bean.  (Jill Schneider)