The role of soy plant-based formula supplemented with dietary fiber to support children's growth and development: An expert opinion

Yvan Vandenplas, Badriul Hegar, Zakiudin Munasir, Made Astawan, Mohammad Juffrie, Saptawati Bardosono, Rini Sekartini, Ray Wagiu Basrowi, Erika Wasito

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Abstract

Objectives: Soy-based formula has evolved in usage and processing technology since its introduction in 1909, and has been used as substitute formula for infants or children with cow milk allergy since 1929. At present, personal opinions, religious background, availability, palatability, and cost are part of the reasons soy-based formula is chosen. Technology in processing soy-based formula has evolved from using soy flour to soy protein isolate, which provides advantages. However, concerns remain regarding the impact of its use on the growth and development of children. Methods: An expert meeting, attended by 12 experts, was initiated in Jakarta, Indonesia, to obtain an evidence-based consensus on the role of soy protein isolate formula, as well as its nutritional value to support growth and development. Results: Ensuring that plant-based formula (i.e., soy protein isolate formula) is fortified with key nutrients, such as calcium, iron, and dietary fiber is important. Conclusions: Consensus was achieved, concluding that soy protein isolate formula is safe, affordable, and an alternative option for cow's milk–based formula for term infants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111278
JournalNutrition
Volume90
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Child growth and development
  • Expert opinion
  • Soy-based infant formula

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