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Is there a limit on the amount of soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, that my 1 year old should be eating?

Soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, are delicious plant-based sources of protein that contain no cholesterol.  They are loaded with healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins and minerals.  For healthy kids and adults, moderation is the best approach.  Eat 1 serving a day (1 cup or 172g) and try to stick with edamame or the natural forms of soy—not the highly processed soy food products.  Also, since soybeans are high on the list of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) crops, look for non-GMO labels on frozen and fresh products in your local supermarket.  For more information about edamame, check out my blog post on the topic.

– Stacey Antine, MS, RD, author, Appetite for Life, founder, HealthBarn USA, co-host, Family Food Expert Internet Radio Show, and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.

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