That’s Soy? Step 1:Learning about what we put in our mouths.

Soy beans and corn.  Even here in the suburbs, I can’t drive more than 10 min. from home without seeing a field of either corn or soy beans.  It is no wonder that they are popular crops to grow, they are in everything we eat.

So, let’s look at Soy.  What is it in and what are some of the alternative names for it?  First of all, soy is in things like Soy Sauce and Edamame (baby soy beans in the pod), but it is also in things like baked goods and chocolate.  It is another one of those things that you don’t want to be allergic to because it is in “everything.”

How about the names of things that contain soy.

Edamame (soybeans in pods)
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Kinnoko flour
Kyodofu (freeze dried tofu)
Miso
Natto
Okara (soy pulp)
Shoyu sauce
Soy albumin
Soy bran
Soy concentrate
Soy fiber
Soy flour
Soy formula
Soy grits
Soy milk
Soy miso
Soy nuts
Soy nut butter

Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate
Soy sauce
Soy sprouts
Soya
Soya Flour
Soybeans
Soybean granules
Soybean curd
Soybean flour
Soy lecithin
Soybean paste
Supro
Tamari
Tempeh
Teriyaki sauce
Textured soy flour (TSF)
Textured soy protein (TSP)
Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Tofu
Yakidofu
Yuba (bean curd)

Check out this website for even more things to watch out for: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=51

Soy is on our list of foods to watch out for, but because it is usually in chocolate in the form of Soy Lecithin I have not been able to totally get rid of it.  (I’m addicted to chocolate, I admit it.) 

We eat a lot of vegetarian meals, but because of the problems that the kids have with processed soy (They have eaten plain soy beans straight from the field before with no problems.) we can’t do any of the fake meats or cheeses.  Thats okay with us, if we want meat or cheese we just eat the real thing, but we also often have meals where beans or nuts are the main protein.

Soy is a great food, but why do we have to add it to so many different kinds of foods?

Coming next week…  My very favorite food topic (read heavy sarcasm here): MSG.

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One Response to “That’s Soy? Step 1:Learning about what we put in our mouths.”

  1. Jenny Says:

    DH and I think DS are having allergic reactions to something that we eat so they are now on an elimination diet to try to figure out what it is. I just hope it is not corn, soy, or milk. We shall see.

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