In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about soy allergies and its symptoms. One of the very common allergies in the USA is soy allergies. Soy is produced from soy beans and there are 15 different proteins in soy beans that people are allergic to.
Soy allergies are very common in infants and babies. Soy can be found in products that are processed or manufactured, also in fast food restaurants such as McDonalds or Wendy’s. If you read the labels on the processed foods you can see that 60% of manufactured products have soy in the list of their ingredients. Sometimes it’s difficult not to eat soy because of its wide use in processed foods, cereals or salad dressings. Usually people allergic to soy are also allergic to peanuts, peas, lentils and beans.
It is necessary for people with soy allergies to avoid any products that have soy listed in them as an ingredient such as soy beans, soy sauce, soy protein, soy nut butter, edamame, miso, canned tuna, natto, soya, soy (soy fiber, soy grits, soy milk, soy nuts, soy sprouts, and soy flour), tofu and tempeh. However canned chicken broth, vegetable broth, starch, natural or artificial flavors, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) and bouillon cubes such as beef, chicken and vegetables may also contain soy protein in them.
Since soy allergies are in the top 8 most common allergies in the USA, the law requires manufactures to show soy as an ingredient in their product’s label. People can have different allergic reaction to soy which is mild reaction to anaphylaxis. The symptoms include swelling, nasal congestion, shortness of breath or asthma, itching, anaphylaxis, low blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea, fever, fatigue, weakness and nausea and hives.
The best way to stop a soy allergy is to avoid products that have soy as ingredient in them. Manufactures sometimes change the labels of their products so read the product label carefully and stay away from soy if you are allergic to it. If you have allergies to soy you can try the list of our Seattle and east side organic restaurants that have soy free dishes.