This is another allergy near and dear to my heart because after being gluten free for about a year I so happily (hope you get the sarcasm in my writing) acquired a soy allergy.
Thanks Gluten Free companies that make all their products with soy! Soy is a common allergy for those with Celiacs and gluten intolerance.
In my eyes, this is the WORST allergy to acquire. I know, it’s normally not life threatening, but let me tell you, if you just found out you’re allergic, get ready. Everything… and I mean everything has soy in it. Hence why I used this wonderful picture of fried buffalo wings.. something I miss terribly from being soy free since I have yet to find someone who makes their wings gluten free (no breading) AND uses canola oil instead of soybean oil.
So if you have a soy allergy and are addicted to fried foods, look forward to losing about 20lbs now nice most restaurants use soybean oil for everything.
A few other common items you will need to now check into (and not all of these have soy, just make sure before eating):
- Chocolate, good luck finding soy free chocolate, though, Enjoy Life makes some kick ass allergy free chocolate bars and chips
- Toothpaste – yep, that Xanthan gum in it is probably made with soy, which brings us to next on the list..
- Xanthan Gum – it can be made with corn, but it normally made with soy (well, it’s not really made with it but let’s not get all technical here). I’m okay with baked Xanthan in breads, but not with any other kind.
- Soy lechitin, or sometimes, just labeled as lechitin
- Soybean oil
- Vegetable oil
- Mayonnaise (except that made with Canola)
- Guar gum, gum arabic, vegetable gum
- Vitamin E
- Pam spray
- Oh, the list goes on…
Yep… bet you didn’t think something like toothpaste would have soy in it would you?
So if you have a soy allergy like me… please leave your favorite soy-free foods and tips below.