Soy Formula Funded Study Declares Soy Formula "Safe"…Go figure!
A University of Melbourne study funded by Nestle Corporation, the makers of Nestle’s Good Start Supreme Soy Formula, is highlighted in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and declares that “soy consumption is not a risk factor for peanut sensitization”.
Would you expect a study funded by a corporation that makes soy infant formula to say anything else?
According the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), ” funding for the initial development of the Melbourne Atopy Cohort Study was provided by Nestlé Australia”.
However, as highlighted in the JACI, results of the Melbourne study also state: “Children whose parents elected to introduce soy formula or soy milk into their children’s diet were more likely to be sensitized to peanuts at 2 years (odds ratio, 2.02; 95% CI, 1.04-3.92; P = .039 – which statistically means that 95 percent of the time, the children that were fed soy as infants were two times more likely to have developed a sensitivity to peanuts by the age of the age of two).”
AllergyKids encourages parents to review results in the New England Journal of Medicine, Factors Associated with the Development of Peanut Allergy in Childhood, which addresses the correlation between soy formula and peanut allergy in which Dr. Gideon Lack and his team conclude: “Peanut allergy was independently associated with the intake of soy milk or soy formula” (odds ratio, 2.6; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.3 to 5.2 – which statistically means that a child fed soy is 2.6 times more likely to develop a peanut allergy 95 percent of the time).
Therefore, in reviewing this Univeristy of Melbourne study funded by Nestle Corporation, AllergyKids urges caution before accepting the assertion of the 23 year old PhD student who states that “the good news for parents is that they can now feed their children on soy milk and not have to worry about getting peanut allergies.”
AllergyKids would like to suggest to the 23 year old PhD student who conducted this study that she consider the work of Dr. David Ludwig and his colleagues at Harvard University whose research addresses the “Relationship Between Funding Source and Conclusion Among Nutrition-Related Scientific Articles“:
Conclusions: “Industry funding of nutrition-related scientific articles may bias conclusions in favor of sponsors’ products, with potentially significant implications for public health.”
Independently funded studies and research are critical when it comes to protecting the health of our children.