Stealth Soy

It’s bad enough that the world can’t even admit that soybean oil is made of soybeans, but there’s also a bunch of other weasel words that can be used to hide soy.

According to the Soy Allergy page of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), here are other terms that may also imply soy ingredients:

  • Soya
  • Glycine max
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Lecithin
  • Miso
  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Natto
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vitamin E contains soy bean oil

Glycine max? What’s that about?

We’re already familiar with many of the weasel words for hiding MSG. But, gee, soy is being touted as The Most Healthy Thing On The Planet That You Can Put In Your Mouth, why are they putting in so much effort to hiding it?

I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

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