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I’ve never wanted to punch a website so much before in my life

We learned that an event that our daughter was going to was going to have Cheerios as part of the snack. We couldn’t remember if Cheerios were ok, so I hopped online to check the ingredients / allergen information. This is the extremely useful information that cheerios.com has to offer:

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If I had the stinking box in front of me, I wouldn’t be searching the internet for allergen information, would I? Thanks Cheerios, for making me want to punch a website.




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.

Gotta read the labels every time!

Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with allergies, you’ve got to read labels all the time… and not just once, but every time. We almost learned that the hard way today.

We had found an inexpensive pasta sauce from Little Italy Foods that didn’t contain soybean oil. There were 3 or 4 flavors and all of them were soy free. Which is another thing you need to look out for: Just because one flavor is soy free, it doesn’t mean that every flavor from the same manufacturer is soy free.

Well, imagine our surprise to open a jar today and realize that there was soybean oil in it. On closer inspection one flavor was “Traditional Pasta Sauce” and the other was “Traditional Flavor Pasta Sauce”. When I picked ’em up at the store, it never registered that they were different “flavors”. Well guess what “Traditional Flavor Pasta Sauce” has soybean oil in it, where the “Traditional Pasta Sauce” doesn’t (at least they had the decency to label soybean oil as containing soy).

In some ways I’m embarrassed that I didn’t catch the different label at the store, but the real problem is when the ingredients change and there’s no other indicator. With companies retooling for profitability, with companies getting purchased by other companies, there’s really no guarantee that what you’re buying now is the same as what you bought last time.

This exact problem is one of our biggest concerns at restaurants. Just because things checked out last time, there’s no guarantee that every ingredient of every component of every dish is exactly the same as it was previously. Carrabba’s has changed things recently, and Spaghetti Warehouse has yet to give us a consistent answer.

Gotta keep reading those labels!

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Close enough to the same, or so we thought.
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“Traditional Pasta Sauce” — Soy Free
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“Traditional Flavor Pasta Sauce” — contains soybean oil

 




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.

Soy free chocolate chips from Guittard

Thanks to alert reader Sam for letting me know about Guittard’s Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips. They seem to be about two dollars a bag cheaper than Enjoy Life’s Chocolate Chips. Now the big question becomes: “how easy is it to find the Guittard’s?” We can get the Enjoy Life chocolate chips from a number of establishments  near us. It’ll be great if we can find the Guittard’s.

 




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.

Froot Loops “may contain traces of soy”

’nuff said.




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.

Frosted Flakes “may contain traces of soy”

’nuff said.




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.

All Twizzlers flavors have soy in them

Strawberry Twizzlers twists

Ingredients:
corn syrup; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid); sugar; cornstarch; contains 2% or less of: palm oil; salt; artificial flavor; mono and diglycerides; citric acid; potassium sorbate (preservative); artificial color (red 40); mineral oil; soy lecithin; glycerin

source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/strawberry.aspx

chocolate Twizzlers twists

Ingredients:
corn syrup; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid); sugar; chocolate; cornstarch; contains 2% or less of: salt; artificial flavor; potassium sorbate (preservative); mineral oil; soy lecithin

source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/chocolate.aspx

Cherry Twizzlers twists

Ingredients:
corn syrup; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid); sugar; cornstarch; contains 2% or less of: palm oil; salt; natural and artificial flavor; citric acid; glycerin; potassium sorbate (preservative); artificial color (red 40); mineral oil; soy lecithin

source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/cherry.aspx

Strawberry rainbow Twizzlers

Ingredients:
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source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/strawberry-rainbow.aspx

Black licorice Twizzlers twists

Ingredients:
corn syrup; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid); sugar; cornstarch; contains 2% or less of: licorice extract; palm oil; salt; natural and artificial flavor; glycerin; potassium sorbate (preservative); artificial color (red 40; blue 1); caramel color; mineral oil; soy lecithin

source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/black-licorice.aspx

Twizzlers sweet & sour filled twists

Ingredients:

corn syrup; sugar; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid); vegetable oil (palm kernel and palm oil); contains 2% or less of: citric acid; modified potato starch; glyceryl monostearate; sodium lactate; natural and artificial flavor; salt; cornstarch; glycerin; soy lecithin; artificial color (red 40;  yellow 5); mineral oil; carrageenan; potassium sorbate (preservative); carnauba wax; hydrogenated soybean oil;

source: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/Twizzlers-twists/sweet-and-sour-filled.aspx




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.

Let’s Do Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones

Unfortunately, ice cream cones are one of those things that are almost impossible to find without soy in them. Fortunately “Let’s Do Gluten Free” has cake ice cream cones that the kids can have.

“Let’s Do Gluten Free” does have a sugar cone, but, they, unfortunately, have soy lecithin in them.

It does seem that some gluten free products are soy free. Definitely not all of them, but some of them. The  most notable is “Enjoy Life” and it seems that “Udi’s” gluten free products tend to be soy free also.


Let’s Do Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones can be purchased at Vitacost.




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.

Stash Tea wild blackcurrant herbal tea

We are never failed to be amazed at where soy can show up. Herbal Tea would certainly be the last place that you’d ever expect to find soy. The really weirdest part is that soy is not listed in the ingredients for the Stash Tea wild blackcurrant herbal tea, but after the ingredients it says “Contains soy”. How? Where? For what? But it’s there. Which, like the stunning surprise that Country Time “lemonade” drink mix has soy but no lemons, shows you that you have to read EVERY label, because you just can’t keep up with the food industry’s creative use of soy.




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.

Kraft Singles

Another surprise for the “Wow, there’s really no soy in it!” category: Kraft Singles.

I happened to walk into our daughter’s Sunday School class and saw her munching on a slice of American “cheese”. I grabbed it out of her mouth and told the Sunday School teacher that American Cheese is not cheese (It’s a pasteurized prepared cheese product) and always made with soybean oil.

Imagine my surprise to read the label and find that there is absolutely no soybean oil in Kraft singles. Every American cheese that we’ve ever seen (especially at restaurants) has soybean oil in it. We’ve just pretty much quit looking at American cheese.

So we’ll still always choose real cheese over “pasteurized prepared cheese product”, but at least we know there’s an option out there.




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.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Unfortunately since they started using soy lecithin instead of palm oil as the emulsifier in all formed chocolate and chocolate chips are pretty much not accessible to our kids. It’s amazing, even the expensive, high end chocolate uses soy lecithin. Sometimes they’ll still have palm oil (I assume for taste) but they’ll still contain soy lecithin these days. Fortunately, Enjoy Life as come to our rescue and has allergen-free chocolate chips:




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.