If all you needed to do for a soy allergy was skip the soy sauce and tofu, it would be a breeze! But soybeans are a big part of processed foods too. Keep this soy food cheat sheet handy to protect yourself or your child from an allergic reaction.
Soy milk, soy yogurt, soy ice cream, or soy cheese
Textured vegetable protein (TPV)
Foods That May Contain Soy
Baked goods (breads, cookies, and crackers)
Canned broth and soup
Canned tuna and meat
High-protein energy bars and snacks
Low-fat peanut butter
Processed meats, like deli meats
Other Names That May Mean Soy Ingredients
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
3 Tips for Soy Allergies
Always read labels. In the U.S., "soy" must be listed on the label of foods that have it in it.
Be careful about eating at Asian restaurants. Even if you order a soy-free dish, you could still be exposed because soy is used so often in Asian cooking.
Ask your doctor about soy oil and lecithin. Studies show that eating soy oil is safe for most people with soy allergies. Soy lecithin -- often used in chocolate candy, peanut butter, and margarine -- is also safe for many people. Your allergist can help you figure out if they are safe for you.