Thursday, January 10, 2008

Genetically Modified Soy


There was an article this week in the New York Times about a "Mom on a Mission" to reform the food industry and to fund independent research on food allergies. Her website, allergykids.com, has a ton of information on allergies and how dangerous the industrialization of our food supply is for our children. On allergykids.com, Robyn O'Brien's exposure of the pervasiveness of genetically modified food in our food supply is a real wake up for all parents. Since the United States does not require food companies to disclose whether food is genetically modified or not, anything that contains soy or corn can be made with genetically modified ingredients. But genetically modified soy is particularly scary because the molecule is similar to the peanut molecule and in a genetically modified form.

A study done in Russia in 2005, revealed that offspring of rats fed genetically modified soy were much more likely to have abnormally low weights and die. The picture of the difference in the two rats is startling and should alarm every parent who looks forward to one day having grandchildren. In many other countries, genetically modified food is banned, but in the United States it isn't even required to be labeled. For information on how to avoid GMO Foods, go to
soyinfo.com.

I consider soy an unhealthy processed food and haven't fed soy to my kids since we went gluten free, but I did use some soy milk in my coffee--until today. Now I am going to drink it black or have rice milk with a little coconut milk if I desperately need a non dairy creamy treat.

Our New Rule

Many parents I speak to about feeding their kids say they are really confused about what is healthy and what is not. It is certainly confusing and hard to sort out. Making homemade food out of organic ingredients is probably the best way to go whenever possible.

It doesn't always go smoothly. I am a parent with two small children who are often picky eaters. Sometimes everyone complains. Sometimes I spend my afternoon shopping and cooking and I am the only one who eats whatever I have made and I am kind of annoyed I made the effort. Sometimes I make their favorite dish only to find out they are tired of it. But sometimes they actually end up eating what I make.

Yesterday we instituted the "Rainbow Rule." You need to have three colors of food on your plate. My six year old happily told her friend we had over for dinner about it and they all had a piece of asparagus, roast chicken and rice pasta on their plate. My two year old ate the asparagus and rice pasta. My six year old at the rice pasta and chicken. We counted the carrots they ate before dinner as part of the "rainbow" and everyone had two small homemade gluten and dairy free chocolate chip cookies afterward. It was blissfully old fashioned and satisfying.


3 comments:

Heidi said...

Kirstin,
This is really amazing! The content is getting better and better and you are quickly becoming my best resource for all things nutritional related to me and my family! Many of the kids in my daughters' circle of friends are language delayed. They aren't speaking more than a few words and they are about to turn two. I am very concerned for these kids because I strongly believe that my daughters' language is not because she is a girl, it is all because of good nutrition and vitamins! She has been gluten free for 8 months and dairy "light" for a year. She never drank cows milk after nursing for 15 months and has taken herself off all dairy except for the occasional ice cream treat the last few months. She eats a variety of healthy veggies, non-gluten grains, beans, meats and fruit. She is the ideal eater.
What can I do to help other parents see the light on this issue without scaring them, being "preachy" or dogmatic?
Help, I am really concerned about these kids!

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Kim said...

One of our treating practitioners recommends only fermented soy and then sparingly. Henry has been soy free for years and I have cut back to almost none - rarely have tofu, some tempeh on occasion. Americans overuse soy too!

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Michelle Roller said...

Silk only uses non-GMO soybeans. This website even lists non-GMO soy products. http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/tofu-tempeh-and-alternative-meat-products.html#

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