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May 08, 2013

Soymilk Alleviates Chronic Constipation

Chronic functional constipation (CFC), defined as having one bowel motion every 3 to 15 days, occurs commonly in children. The frequency of CFC has been estimated to be as high as 36% of children who attend a consultation with a pediatrician.  Sensitivity to cow’s milk protein has been proposed as a possible cause for CFC.  For this study, 13 children diagnosed with CFC participated in this research.  Nine participants who completed the soy arm all experienced resolution (p < 0.05) of their disease. These results suggest that soymilk was effective because the children were not allergic to it, unlike their allergy to cow’s milk.

Nutrients 2013;5:253-66