FeaturesOct/Nov 2010 Issue

How to Avoid Soy

The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires that packaged foods that contain soy must list it on the label. Soy oil is exempt from U.S. labeling laws.

Studies show that most people with soy allergy can safely eat products containing soy oil and soy lecithin. (Check with your healthcare provider to be certain this is true in your case.)

Asian cuisines are considered high-risk for people with soy allergy due to the common use of soy as an ingredient and the possibility of cross-contamination, even if a soy-free item is ordered.

The following ingredients indicate the presence of soy protein:

  • Edamame
  • Miso
  • Natto
  •  Shoyu sauce
  • Soy fiber, flour, grits, nuts, sprouts
  • Soy milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese
  • Soy protein (concentrate, hydrolyzed, isolate)
  • Soy sauce
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Textured vegetable protein
  • Tofu

Source: Food Allergy Initiative, faiusa.org

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