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(January 2019)

Foods and ingredients to avoid if you are allergic to soy:

  • Bean curd
  • Black bean sauce
  • Edamame
  • Hydrolysed plant protein
  • Hydrolysed soy protein
  • Hydrolysed vegetable protein
  • Kinako
  • Miso
  • Natto
  • Okara
  • Soja
  • Soy or soya
  • Soy bean or soya bean
  • Soy bean oil or soya oil
  • Soy bean paste
  • Soy bean sprouts
  • Soy cheeses
  • Soy or soya flavouring
  • Soy flour
  • Soy ice cream
  • Soy milk
  • Soy or soya protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy yoghurt
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki
  • Textured vegetable protein
  • Tofu

Check labels on the following foods to see if they contain soy and if they do, avoid them:

  • Bakery goods
  • Bread
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cereals
  • Chocolate nut spread
  • Chocolates and sweets
  • Crumbed meats and fish
  • Dairy whitener
  • Flavouring (natural/artificial)
  • Hoi sin sauce
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise type dressings
  • Meat substitutes
  • Mock cream
  • Soup mixes
  • Stock cubes
  • Taco shells
  • Vegetable stock or broth
  • Vegetable extract
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch
  • Vegetarian foods

Research studies indicate that most individuals who are allergic to soy can safely eat fully refined soy bean oil (not cold-pressed) and soy lecithin. Soy lecithin (322) is a common food additive used for its emulsifying properties. Cold-pressed soy bean oil has a protein profile similar to soybean flour, but is not typically used as an ingredient in further processed foods.

This is not a complete or comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid but is intended to be helpful information for people living with soy allergy. It is NOT meant to replace medical advice given by your doctor.

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