Soy can show up in lots of foods, so if you're allergic to it, look at the package carefully. All packaged foods have to show on the label that they contain milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or soybeans.
If the label says "Contains: Soy," it's a no-brainer: don't add it to your shopping cart! But also look at the ingredients list. There are lots of different ways to say "soy."
Pass the tissues and antihistamine please -- 'tis the season for holiday allergies. Like unwanted gifts, sneezing and congestion arrive, making allergy sufferers miserable and putting a damper on holiday fun.
Fortunately you don't have to be sidelined from the festivities. Whether it's symptoms to food, pets, mold or mildew, allergies during the holidays can be beat -- with lifestyle changes, medication, and a few simple tips.
Stick with packaged and labeled foods. Foods from salad bars, deli counters, and bakeries are more likely to have something made from soy.
Read food labels every time you buy a product. Food manufacturers often change ingredients. Something that's one of your favorites could suddenly have soy in it. So be on your guard.
Be careful about ingredients that you're not familiar with. Follow a simple rule: When in doubt, look it up. You can email the maker of the product if you're still not sure about something.
Watch out for different types of a product. Low-fat or reduced-calorie versions of familiar foods may have different ingredients. Sizing (like snack-sized packs) or packaging (a can vs. a carton) can also affect what's inside. Some products may have different ingredients in different parts of the country.