I haven't yet! When did you start feeding your LO tofu?
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32458 posts
I've given Lo tofu a few times. Sometimes she likes it, other times not so much
honeydew / 7485 posts
Firm tofu was one of the earlier fingers foods I did for DS. He really liked it, but now not as much.
pomelo / 5093 posts
No, I don't really think it's good for you, what with the phytoestrogens. I'd be fine with letting someone else feed it to her, and if she grows up liking it she can choose that, but we won't really serve it to her.
bananas / 9118 posts
We have a couple times at my favorite Thai restaurant, starting sometime in his 9th month. He did a great job eating it, since it was relatively easy to pick up.
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39476 posts
@sarac: I don't know much about this! I need to read up about it!
@autumnlove: I'm a genetic biologist by training, so I'm probably overly intune with hormones and such. If my husband didn't agree strongly I might not push it.
pomegranate / 3053 posts
Since my oldest (3.5) doesn't like meat much he eats more tofu and eggs and we'll sneak in meat here and there with his meals just so he's not always eating tofu and eggs.
pomegranate / 3869 posts
I'm also concerned about the effects of phytoestrogens. My husband encouraged me to limit my tofu, especially during pregnancy so I will limit it in LO's diet, too. I am planning on giving it to her, because I do eat it myself, but probably no more than once every two weeks or so.
GOLD / wonderful coffee bean / 18400 posts
I gave it to her during the finger food stage but she wasn't a huge fan so I've forgotten about it since then.
honeydew / 7444 posts
I have given my LO soft tofu (7.5 months) and she absolutely loves it. It's too bad that i should limit her intake though, because it's so easy to prepare.
@JerricaBenton: @sarac: Doing a quick search, flax seeds and other seed oils apparently have the highest phytoestrogen content. Should i be concerned about this as well??
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21613 posts
@sarac: same here!!
I try to avoid soy because it's not so healthy... and it's also a highly GMO food too it's a bummer because I loved edamames!!!
so we don't plan to feed LO tofu.
@caffeinated: hmmm I've never heard that! interesting... I suppose I'd have to look into that further. Flax definitely isn't consumed in large quantities though, so maybe that's why it's not a concern?
@caffeinated: It's my understanding that phytoestrogens aren't bad for you, it is just questionable in very high amounts over long periods of time. Nuts, other beans, and veggies all have phytoestrogens. Soy has a huge amount, and the potential issue is with people (like vegetarians) consuming huge amounts. I really don't know a ton about it though.
nectarine / 2039 posts
I wish I never read this thread. Ignorance is bliss and now I will be looking at my tofu and edemame sideways.
@cvbee: Haha, I definitely feel that way sometimes!
We're more concerned about the possible effects on prepubescent boys and girls. Phytoestrogens are in all kinds of things though - from cosmetic products to lavender. And lots of studies say they are good for cancer prevention and easing the effects of menopause in adults. I just wouldn't have soy every day, that's all.
@cvbee: I agree! I still gave LO tofu for dinner though. Lalalalala...
@JerricaBenton: We eat tofu maybe once a week (and no soy milk), so i'm assuming that it won't have much affect on us!
@caffeinated: Haha, I am sure it's totally fine! I am absolutely not an expert - there's so much stuff out there, if we believed/followed all of it, we'd eat nothing!
blogger / pomelo / 5345 posts
Interesting ... Little Y loves tofu and eats it most days. Hmmm.
cantaloupe / 6875 posts
I have only had tofu once and wasn't a fan so I probably wouldn't even buy it again to feed to my babies.
coconut / 8278 posts
@Mrs. Yoyo: I've read lots about the benefits of phytoestrogens, too - cancer prevention, regulating cholesterol and as PP have mentioned, it's something that is naturally found in a lot of plants, not just soy.
I think as far as diet goes, allergies & sensitivities aside, a healthy balanced diet with exercise is best.
We're vegetarians but that doesn't mean we only eat tofu. We have a broad variety of meals and maybe have something with tofu once or twice a week tops.
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