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NiCole’s experiences while dining out

I haven’t gotten to check out a number of these locations, here’s what NiCole has discovered, (my comments in green.)

From: NiCole
Subject: soy free food

I live with a pretty severe soy allergy and I love eating out.
Buffalo Wild Wings is pretty safe as they use beef fat for frying. (very interesting!)
I have found that Cottage Inn, Domino’s, and Hungry Howie’s gluten free crust works. (We’ve discovered that Donato’s gluten free crust is also soy free, so this is encouraging news)
Red lobster has some good soy free choices like their fried shrimp
And big boy is really accompanying.
I also just had a nacho at national coney with real cheese that was delicious

Restaurants that I cannot go to are
Chili’s
Friday’s
Applebee’s
Taco Bell though they claim some is soy free it all contains soy (We don’t even bother walking into a Taco Bell, aside from shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, everything else has soy in it)
McDonald’s (We had pretty good success with McDonald’s, to the point that the kids got sick of it.)

I can eat at Burger King , fries and chicken fries. (The last time we were in a Burger King, the kids couldn’t have the fried items.)
Arby’s doesn’t seem to bother me ( most items ). (Since Arby’s started frying in corn oil, we’ve found quite a few items that the kids can have.)
Del taco has a few soy free items.

 




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.

Priyanka’s experience with Soybean Phytoestrogen Content

From: Priyanka
Subject: Soybean Phytoestrogen Content

Message Body:
Hi!
First and foremost, this website is awesome! Thanks for compiling all of these resources in an easy to access website.

Second, I am a first year medical student who has had a problem with her skin since high school. I noticed in college that I would get bad acne cysts on my face when I consumed tofu/soy. Since then, I avoid those like the plague. I’ve still suffered from slightly less severe breakouts though, and I’m coming to wonder if soybean oil/soy lecithin is still messing with my hormones in some way. (I also react poorly to flax seeds, another food with high phytoestrogens).

I was wondering if you’ve had any contact with a viewer of this website who has correlated soybean oil to hormonal problems, but not true allergies. It’s astonishing how much soy can disturb the endocrine system, and I cannot believe the FDA for allowing soybean oil in 90 percent of our food based on scant research.

Well wishes!
Priyanka

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Hi Priyanka,

All of my readers (up until you) have only been concerned with allergic reactions to soy. I’ll be curious if anybody else has had any experiences like you. Due to a 2006 article about the high estrogen content in soy, we were already avoiding soy in our home, having kids with soy allergies has required us to be more vigilant.




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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From: Sam
Subject: Subway

Message Body:
You were right, I followed your advice and asked for glove changes, etc. at Subway and I got to eat out and didn’t have to chug Benadryl!!!

As a note you should add, the great gal working took my toppings from the reserve stock they use for replenishment to prevent cross-contamination since they touch everything in the line.
I was so happy! Thanks!

BTW, I have reactions to Vitamin E/Tocopherols which are not labeled as soy and the government has declared them to be safe. I bought cod liver oil and it had vitamin E from soy (I called the company after getting sick) and it took a lot to figure out that it was soy and it was from a company that advertised how allergy-safe they were, but when you get into it, this the truth of why they do not and WILL not (I asked) declare soy as present in their products: “Nordic Naturals ensures that our vitamin E, verified by both a traditional analytical method and by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), contains either no soy proteins or undetectable levels of protein. Because of this, we feel confident that individuals allergic to soy can safely take our products.” I only found this stuff out because I had a reaction!!!

I also have reactions to soy-sourced glycerin both added to foods and in personal care products.

I am daily frustrated by this saying that things derived from soy are not soy!!! Crazy. How do we address this to live in a safer world?!? Come people, JUST LABEL IT! Sheesh…

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Sam, I’m glad to hear that you’ve found a way to eat at Subway. As far as the other items, it is downright scary where all soy can be seen — or more accurately, not seen on the label, but found by extensive research or reactions.

I always feel like I’m cross examining a criminal witness in court just trying to be sure there’s no soy in supposedly soy-free foo.




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.