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Soy Allergy

Soy Allergy

Soy can be ingested in a variety of forms: as whole soybeans, oil, or flour. It is also used in food products in a variety of ways: as an emulsifier, a texturizer, or a protein filler.  It is used in nutritional products (protein powders, for example) and vegetarian products (meat substitutes, for example) for its protein content.  Because it can be used in so many ways, soy is often a hidden allergen, and it is very difficult to avoid in your diet. See one of the allergy specialists at the New York Allergy and Sinus Centers for help.

*Since food allergies are reactions to the proteins in a given food, it was originally believed that soybean oil and soy lecithin are safe for soy-allergic individuals to consume.  Now, it is evident that soy protein may occur in these products if they are not very pure.  Approach these with caution.

Foods that Contain Soy and Should be Avoided

  • Edamame (soybeans)
  • Miso (a Japanese seasoning)
  • Natto (a Japanese food made from soybeans)
  • Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Soya
  • Soy albumin
  • Soybeans
  • Soybean curd
  • Soybean oil*
  • Soy fiber
  • Soy milk
  • Soy lecithin*
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy protein (concentrate, hydrolized, or isolate)
  • Soy sprouts
  • Soy sauce
  • Tamari (soy sauce)
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu (soybean curds)
  • Tofutti (a brand that sells soy-based products)

Foods that Could Contain Soy

  • Asian cuisine
  • Baby food
  • Bouillon
  • Bread (especially high-protein bread)
  • Breakfast cereals (some)
  • Carob
  • Cheese
  • Chinese food
  • Condiments
  • Butter substitutes
  • Gravy
  • Muesli
  • Pasta
  • Proteins and meal replacement products
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Margarine
  • Salad dressing
  • Seasoned salt
  • Shortening
  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cooking oil
  • Crackers
  • Flour
  • Food additives
  • Liquid or powdered meal replacement products
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Soups and stews, canned or packaged
  • Sweets
  • Bulking agents
  • Emulsifiers
  • Guar gum
  • Gum arabic
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Stabilizers
  • Starches
  • Thickeners
  • Grits
  • Infant formula (even formulas based on cow’s milk)
  • Meat and meat products
  • Bakery goods (Cakes, cookies, pies, etc.)
  • Candy
  • Chocolates (especially those with a cream center)
  • Ice cream
  • TV dinners
  • Black pudding
  • Canned fish
  • Canned meat
  • Canned tuna
  • Hamburger patties
  • Hot dogs
  • Meat pies
  • Pastes
  • Sausages
  • Vienna sausages
  • Wieners
  • “Vegetable” products
  • Broth
  • Gum
  • Starch
  • Yogurt
Soy Allergy - cross-reactions between soy and other legumes are possible

Legumes

There is evidence that cross-reactions between soy and other legumes are possible, though rarely symptomatic.  Therefore, if your allergy tests have shown sensitivity to one legume, you may not have to eliminate all legumes from your diet.  You should work with your NY allergist to develop dietary restrictions that are healthy and safe for you.

List of Legumes

  • Acacia (gum)
  • Aduki beans
  • Alfalfa (sprouts)
  • Broad bean
  • Black turtle bean
  • Black-eyed bean
  • Carob (chocolate substitute)
  • Cassia (in laxatives, curry, cinnamon)
  • Chick pea
  • Cowpea
  • Fava bean
  • Fenugreek (in curry, cinnamon, imitation maple syrup)
  • Garbanzo bean
  • Great Northern bean
  • Green bean
  • Green peas
  • Kidney bean
  • Lentils
  • Licorice
  • Lima bean
  • Masur bean
  • Mung bean
  • Navy bean
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Pinto bean
  • Purple-hull peas
  • Senna (in laxatives, Epsom salts)
  • Snap bean
  • Soybeans
  • String bean
  • Tamarind
  • Tragacanth (gum)
  • Wax bean

Summary

Call NYASC today at 212-686-4448 for more info about soy allergies. We have the latest allergy testing and treatments & we offer convenient clinics throughout NYC: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Queens.  Our New York allergy specialists can also help you find relief for your nasal and sinus problems, asthma, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) symptoms, skin conditions, and respiratory allergies. We see pediatric and adult patients from all over the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

 

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