View Full Version : Is chocolate soymilk good for children?
01-17-2008, 02:09 PM
My children are not raw (YET). I was just curious if soymilk is healthy for children? My 3 year old daughter does not eat solid food (she's still on pureed food) and she drinks very little water and juice. Mostly what she wants is chocolate milk. I took both my 5 year old son and daughter off of cow's milk not too long ago and they now drink chocolate soymilk regularly. I have heard some neggative things about soymilk but I was curious if anyone on this site had any helpful wisdom to share on the subject. Thanks so much.
01-17-2008, 02:42 PM
EEEEKKKK!:eek: BAAAAD stuff Don't be put of by my strong response, I'm so glad you asked!:p
Soybeans are the #1 "tampered" with crop outside of corn; ie Genetically Modified crops.
Soy even if organic is heated at very high temps. I'm sorry I dont have time to search and get links for you but I am sure someone will.
Make the kids chocolate milk out of rich nut milks. Now keep in mind you will need to experiment here to get the taste they like, but the baisc ingredients are:
nuts - preferably soaked
nut butter - great in a pinch if you have no nuts
water (more or less water depending on how rich you like it / 1c.nuts to 2-3c. water)
dates / agave / honey (I like dates as gives more body)
pinch salt (dairy cows use salt licks)
OPTIONAL - I add for body and creaminess:
coconut oil (just great stuff)
Lecithin (great for brain function and coconut oil absorbsion) look for non-GMO!
I have found that the best nut blend is a mix of almonds, cashews, peacans, walnuts & sunflower seed. About 1-2T. of each into 1-2c. water. then strain through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. No need to use all I just love the combo. Each single nut produces it's own great taste.
My favorite recipe is actually made using almond butter & tahini!
01-17-2008, 03:54 PM
soy milk produces tons of mucous in the body :(
ha, lecithin is made of either eggs or soy AND heated. sorry. the rest is good, well, maybe not the honey so much.
01-17-2008, 09:33 PM
I hear that soy just isn't want it use to be so I probably wouldn't recommend. Nut milks are so good, I never like cows milk but I love nut milks, especially when I add bananas to it.
01-18-2008, 11:46 AM
WOW! Thanks guys! I'm glad I asked too. What's wrong with honey by the way? I've never heard it being bad for you? In any case I think I will definitly be weaning them from the soymilk and making my own from other nuts. Thanks again.
01-18-2008, 12:50 PM
There are two camps when it comes to raw "vegan". Purists will not eat honey because it come from bee - ie and animal not a plant. Many however feel fine with honey.
Also, non raw honey is heated. Also many hives are treated with anibiotics if you can believe. So try to buy the honey that is solid and cloudy looking.
Remember to make your choices based on what feels right for you and you family not just what is "by the rules".:) I consider myself a successful 100% raw foodist and I use honey as well as dates & agave. When I first stared on this path I used the squeezy Sue Bee honey because it was all I could find and afford. However, I also respect those who choose not to use it.
this is just about me, everyone must follow their own instincts and knowledge.
i love honey too but when i found out how the bees are treated i changed my mind about it being an ok vegan food. thousands of bees are killed during honey harvesting and they are enslaved and harshly treated the rest of the time. broke my heart to find out the truth.
silk worms are boiled alive to get strands of silk.
sheep are brutalized throughout their lives and traumatized during sheering.
for me, making these choices means that i really look at what it truely means in it's entirety. we have wool, we wear it, some shoes are made of leather, sometimes we consume honey. but with awareness. i feel it's the least i can do to be thankful towards the creatures that suffer or die to give me those options.
01-18-2008, 04:05 PM
soy is also strong in estrogen and may not be good for children, messing with their hormones and whatnot.
I get my honey VERY locally and talk to the bee farmer about his practices.
01-19-2008, 01:49 AM
No, its very bad. It block vitamin and mineral absorption. There is a book out there. I used to eat lots of soy products, now my teeth are demineralizing. Had it happen to a friend of mine too. It affects their hormones and thyroid in a bad way. Research it and see what feels right. I would give nut milks like cashew and bannana milks and raw food meat loaf subsitutes any day over soy.
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