Soy Allergy
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Soy is a member of the legume family, which also includes peas, lentil, beans, and peanuts.   Soy is a common food
allergy in infants and young children, but is rare in adults.   Most children will outgrow their soy allergy by 4-6 years of
age.    There is little cross-reactivity between soy and other legumes: the chance of a reaction to another legume is only
about 5%.   

Avoiding soy can be difficult as it is found in may processed foods.    Reading labels very important.    If the label is
unclear, contact the manufacturer.    

Avoid foods that contain

  • Edamame
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein
  • Miso
  • Shoyu sauce
  • Soy
  • Soya
  • Soy albumin
  • Soy fiber
  • Soy flour
  • Soy (infant) formula
  • Soy fruit
  • Soy grits
  • Soy milk
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy protein
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sprouts
  • Soybean
  • Soybean curd
  • Soybean granules
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • Tofu
  • Worcestershire sauce

These foods may contain soy:

  • Artificial cheese
  • Butter substitues
  • Canned tuna
  • Cereals
  • Coffee substitutes
  • Gravies
  • Hamburger patties
  • Hot dogs
  • Hydrolyzed plan protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Ice cream
  • Natural flavoring
  • Peanut butter
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Vegetable broth
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch
  • Worcestershire sauce


Most soy allergic individuals can safely eat soy lecithin and soy oil

If you are allergic to cow milk and soybean and need an alternative for baking,  you may want to try
Vance's DariFree
milk alternative.  It's made from potatoes (it is milk, soy, rice, gluten free), and patients tell me that it works very well as
a milk substitute for cooking.


Make sure to check out the
coping with food allergies page  for school and traveling tips,  and useful links including sites
that sell allergy safe foods, medic alert bracelets.  There's even a link to a website that will translate food allergy words
in just about any language you can imagine!

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Common Food Allergies

Cow's milk allergy

Egg allergy

Fish allergy

Peanut allergy

Sesame seed allergy

Shellfish allergy

Soy allergy

Tree nut allergy

Wheat allergy


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