Soy

Soy is not a healthy alternative, as it is pro-inflammatory and a common allergen. When heated to cooking temperatures, soy contributes to inflammation of the brain.

The actual soybean, miso and tempeh are safe to consume in moderation. Limit your consumption of the byproducts listed in the chart below.

Soy allergy symptoms include:

  • anaphylaxis
  • eczema
  • rhinitis
  • conjunctivitis
  • bronchospasm (after inhalation of soya bean dust)
  • angioedema
  • abdominal pain
  • laryngeal oedema
  • respiratory complaints
  • infantile colitis
  • food protein-enterocolitis syndrome

Soy products:

  • Edamame (soybeans)
  • Miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • Soy sauce
  • Soya (soy product)
  • Tamari (soy sauce)
  • Tempeh (fermented soybeans)
  • Textured vegetable protein TVP (a meat substitute)
  • Tofu (soybean curd)
  • Soy milk
  • Soy  nuts (soy processed to taste like nuts)

Soy is listed under several different names in ingredients lists. Read all information on the packages, searching for the following names:

soybean oil soy protein isolate soy flour

miso

carob

tofu

vegetable broth

vegetable gum

bulking agent

lecithin

emulsifier

guar gum

gum arabic

shortening

seasoned salt

hydrolyzed vegetable protein

msg

monosodium glutamate

hydrolyzed plant protein

vegetable gum

vegetable protein

vegetable starch

vegetable oil

thickener

stabilizer

protein extender

 

 

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