Soy can be ingested in a variety of forms: as whole soybeans, oil, or flour. It is also used in food products in a variety of ways: as an emulsifier, a texturizer, or a protein filler. It is used in nutritional products (protein powders, for example) and vegetarian products (meat substitutes, for example) for its protein content. Because it can be used in so many ways, soy is often a hidden allergen, and it is very difficult to avoid in your diet. See one of the allergy specialists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers for help. *Since food allergies are reactions to the proteins in a given food, it was originally believed that soybean oil and soy lecithin are safe for soy-allergic individuals to consume. Now, it is evident that soy protein may occur in these products if they are not very pure. Approach these with caution. Foods that Contain Soy and Should be Avoided Edamame (soybeans) Miso (a Japanese seasoning) Natto (a Japanese food made from soybeans) Shoyu (soy sauce) Soya Soy albumin Soybeans Soybean curd Soybean oil* Soy fiber Soy milk Soy lecithin* Soy nuts Soy protein (concentrate, hydrolized, or isolate) Soy sprouts Soy sauce Tamari (soy sauce) Tempeh Tofu (soybean curds) Tofutti (a brand that sells soy-based products) Foods that Could Contain Soy Asian cuisine Baby food Bouillon Bread (especially high-protein bread) Breakfast cereals (some) Carob Cheese Chinese food Condiments Butter substitutes Gravy Muesli Pasta Proteins and meal replacement products Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) Margarine Salad dressing Seasoned salt Shortening Sweet and sour sauce Teriyaki sauce Worcestershire sauce Cooking oil Crackers Flour Food additives Liquid or powdered meal replacement products Textured vegetable protein (TVP) Soups and stews, canned or packaged Sweets Bulking agents Emulsifiers Guar gum Gum arabic Monosodium glutamate (MSG) Stabilizers Starches Thickeners Grits Infant formula (even formulas based on cow’s milk) Meat and meat products Bakery goods (Cakes, cookies, pies, etc.) Candy Chocolates (especially those with a cream center) Ice cream TV dinners Black pudding Canned fish Canned meat Canned tuna Hamburger patties Hot dogs Meat pies Pastes Sausages Vienna sausages Wieners “Vegetable” products Broth Gum Starch Yogurt Legumes There is evidence that cross-reactions between soy and other legumes are possible, though rarely symptomatic. Therefore, if your allergy tests have shown sensitivity to one legume, you may not have to eliminate all legumes from your diet. You should work with your NY allergist to develop dietary restrictions that are healthy and safe for you. List of Legumes Acacia (gum) Aduki beans Alfalfa (sprouts) Broad bean Black turtle bean Black-eyed bean Carob (chocolate substitute) Cassia (in laxatives, curry, cinnamon) Chick pea Cowpea Fava bean Fenugreek (in curry, cinnamon, imitation maple syrup) Garbanzo bean Great Northern bean Green bean Green peas Kidney bean Lentils Licorice Lima bean Masur bean Mung bean Navy bean Peanuts Peas Pinto bean Purple-hull peas Senna (in laxatives, Epsom salts) Snap bean Soybeans String bean Tamarind Tragacanth (gum) Wax bean Summary Call NYASC today at 212-686-4448 for more info about soy allergies. We have the latest allergy testing and treatments & we offer convenient clinics throughout NYC: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Queens. Our NY allergy specialists can also help you find relief for your nasal and sinus problems, asthma, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) symptoms, skin conditions, and respiratory allergies. We see pediatric and adult patients from all over the NYC metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.