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    Anyone else out there allergic to soy?

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    DogAndCatDoc
    Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:13 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I am getting so fed up with the number of products that have soy protein, soy lecithin or soybean oil...I think it is safe to say that over 90% of commercially prepared products have one of these three...it is in everything! Am I in such a minority that there isn't a company out there ready to capitalize and make a dime on catering to those with soy allergy. And what about all the women with breast cancer...they are not suppose to be eating soy either...due to interaction with estrogen receptors...why is this darn cheap filler in absolutely everything! OK, I really needed to vent...this is a new allergy for me...I have always had an adverse reaction to soy, but in the last few months it has escalated to allergy...I am just miserable...does anyone have some ideas for soy free foods? Companies that cater to this? I have found a couple of web sites that deal with this...but really are not that helpful. So any ideas??? I can't even find a loaf of bread without soybean oil....I don't eat white bread, so that's not an option...I guess I will have to be even more healthy and make all my own bread and just eat lean meats, fruits and veggies....so yes, this may be good for me...but I generally eat pretty healthy, it's when I am out or at work or with friends that I find myself getting sick over and over. Did you know even Subway puts soy protein it their wheat bread and in their cheddar cheese...WHY???
    Well...if anyone was bored enough to read this whole thing...thankyou....I really am frustrated with this whole situation!
    chef 138622
    Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:37 am
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    DogAndCatDoc wrote:
    I am getting so fed up with the number of products that have soy protein, soy lecithin or soybean oil...I think it is safe to say that over 90% of commercially prepared products have one of these three...it is in everything! Am I in such a minority that there isn't a company out there ready to capitalize and make a dime on catering to those with soy allergy. And what about all the women with breast cancer...they are not suppose to be eating soy either...due to interaction with estrogen receptors...why is this darn cheap filler in absolutely everything! OK, I really needed to vent...this is a new allergy for me...I have always had an adverse reaction to soy, but in the last few months it has escalated to allergy...I am just miserable...does anyone have some ideas for soy free foods? Companies that cater to this? I have found a couple of web sites that deal with this...but really are not that helpful. So any ideas??? I can't even find a loaf of bread without soybean oil....I don't eat white bread, so that's not an option...I guess I will have to be even more healthy and make all my own bread and just eat lean meats, fruits and veggies....so yes, this may be good for me...but I generally eat pretty healthy, it's when I am out or at work or with friends that I find myself getting sick over and over. Did you know even Subway puts soy protein it their wheat bread and in their cheddar cheese...WHY???
    Well...if anyone was bored enough to read this whole thing...thankyou....I really am frustrated with this whole situation!


    I wish I had something helpful to say I hear your frustration and I just wanted to send you a ((( HUG))). I felt the same anxiety recently when I had gestational diabetes. I never realized how many carbs/sugars a day I was taking in until my body couldn't process it. I read your profile and I am like you not a low carber more like a carb aware . Anyway I'm sorry this is bothering you so much maybe someone here can help.
    DogAndCatDoc
    Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:03 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thanks Dana for the words of encouragement....suppose I am just at the bottom of a very steep learning curve here...Hats off to you for managing your gestational diabetes and for being the mother of five (is that right?)...amazing...in todays society that is no small feat...so I will stop my complaining and take comfort that we all have dietary challenges to face...thanks again for the uplifting words.
    keri
    What's Cooking?
    Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:57 am
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    I have an autoimmune reaction to soy, according to recent tests that were done on me. However, I do not have an anaphylactic or histamine reaction to soy.

    Because I'm gluten-free, and should also be casein-free according to allergy test results... It is just too hard for me to cut out soy right now. I've cut down on it significantly - And hope to one day eliminate it since I know it will make me feel less ill.

    There are websites that sell soy-free products...

    Allergygrocer.com
    Shobydiet.com
    http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/

    Almost all of my recipes are soy-free, too, btw icon_wink.gif
    DogAndCatDoc
    Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:05 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Wow! Thanks for the websites, that should be really helpful! I hadn't heard of an auto-immune reaction to soy...how is that different than a histamine reaction? What type of symptoms do you get? I imagine if the soy protein is your problem, you can probably still have soybean oil and soy lecithin, or do they trigger a response too?
    I will check out your recipes as well...I have been baking my own bread this week...have to admit it does taste a whole lot better than store bought! I can't imagine being unable to eat gluten too! Now that is a real challenge. I have an friend of a friend that is a celiac and she just started her own company making gluten free cookie dough here in Oregon...I acutally know about 10 celiac people right here in this tiny canyon area that I live in.
    thanks again....plan on checking out those sites today!
    keri
    Chef #373936
    Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:28 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Regarding SOY ALLERGY:
    I am 41 and just found out 2 weeks ago I am class 4 allergy to soy, all nuts, peas and beans and have to carry an Epi-Pen at all times. Soy is the worst to find food. I have found Canola Oil or Olive Oil to fry with. Some bagels do not have soy- look for bagels. Some Mini Bagels I found do not have soy. Spectrum foods make salad dressing and mayonaise with out soy. Sprectrum has website to order from, but they are in the grocery store in heath food section. Some Humpty Dumpty chips have no soy, Freetos have no soy. 100% cheeses have no soy, Filly cream cheese I think is no soy, Sour cream I think is soy free, some pastas are no soy. Kraft Mac/Cheese shells I think is soy free. I found a creasant roll at the Hannaford bakery is no soy, 1- minute Instant Rice I think is soy free. Some butters are soy free. Find sugar cookie recipes withour Crisco and make them to eat. Chocolate has soy so find a soy free chocolate to order on line.
    I ave a small list that is growing of foods I can eat. I found a chocolate online to order bags of chips that are soy free. You can go to the foods nutrition sheet online to check for Pizza Hut, and KFC and many more....Good luck- I am in the same boat. It is no fun.
    What's Cooking?
    Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:51 am
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    DogandCatDoc - I get gas, diarrhea, maybe itchy skin (still trying to figure out what's causing the itchy skin, but I think it's food related)
    leeny8
    Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I know how you feel, i have allergies to egg, dairy and soy. Trouble is, most dairy replacements have soy in them. The only margarine i have found for cookies and such without soy is spectrum, made with palm oil....but palm oil is really bad for you. Its soo frustrating trying to find things without soy in them....soy lecithin especially seems to lurk in the most random things. Eating out is always a gamble too. I have managed to find a couple websites with products for people with allergies. Hope you find them helpful

    www.shopbydiet.com - reallllly good one i love it
    www.soyfreesales.com
    www.allergygrocer.com

    Good luck, and know youre not alone in this!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef #426199
    Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:59 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have spent the better part of a year trying to figure out what has caused episodes of unexplained itching, (which has now been diagnosed as eczema, and which was Soy induced) I have had rashy areas, small bumps, patchy spots, hives, runny nose, and other physical symptoms as a result of regular use of Soy. I am 45 and have had no allergies my entire life, nor any other physical conditions. I eat and live healthily. That is, until I began consuming soy products on a regular basis as a believed health measure. The problems began approximately 1 1/2-2 years after switching to regular consumption of Soy products. I have seen five doctors, and have been miserable with itching-scratching episodes. Now I know that Soy is the trigger, and like many other people have discovered that Soy is added in just about everything. It is hard work to find products without Soy, and it has so many aliases that it is a hidden ingredient unless you educate yourself. (Thank you for the soy-free grocery websites!) I have spent many, many hours researching and reading about Soy. I have to have faith that eventually people will catch on that Soy is not the health food it claims to be, and the fact that it is in the "Sinister Seven" top known Allergans. The more I talk about it, the more I realize that some people do know the truth. One restaurant where I live informed me they are "Soy free." My favorite health food-grocer told me they are careful to disclose ingredients in their cafe-deli because they know Soy is a known Allergan. I called a foods company today concerned about their ingredients and they also stated their knowledge of Soy as an allergan and assured me of the ingredient in question. So people in the industry DO know about its dangers! Unfortunately, the myth about how great Soy is for everyone is still being propelled in the media. Instead, the media should be bringing to light the problems Soy creates. I'm one of those people who was in denial saying "this can't happen to me." It was such an intangible thing - to be itching because of something I ate - and I didn't want to believe it, but now I understand how and why it happened as I have researched and talked to doctors. Very small amounts of Soy, INCLUDING LECITHIN, triggers an itching episode with me. (Some say Soy Lecithin is OK, but it is not!) I am spreading the word about Soy to my family and friends. I hope that within a couple of years my body will be completely cleansed and that I will be able to tolerate small amounts of Soy - not that I will ever deliberately eat it again, because I won't - but hopefully accidental exposure won't cause a reaction by then. I miss chocolate! I like organic, dark chocolate in small amounts. Also, no one is talking about Soy candles, and I discovered that was a trigger! In the name of health I switched from parafin candles to Soy. We have occasional power outages. I handled and burned many Soy candles - it did me in. I got rid of those, and now only burn pure Beeswax. It never ends! Soy is everywhere...
    Khyricat
    Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:39 am
    Food.com Groupie
    SOY and Dairy- its almost impossible to not find one or the other.. thankfully I can handle soy, but I am afraid that one day that will change and we have a dear friend who eats at our hosue regularly who is allergic to soy himself. I am allergic to Casein, Whey (thus ANYTHING WITH ANY DAIRY COMPONENT), MSG, Carageenan and need to avoid HFCS because it is a trigger and have found the best solution is make my own... though there are a few bakeries around that make breads I can have (and Jamie can- so no soy too) but they aren't cheap.. though for in a hurry or a special event you don't have time to bake for they can be a lifesaver.

    There is a bakery in town that specializes in special needs- no nuts, dairy, soy, and I forget what else but there is something else that isn't in ANY of their products and if you have a specific allergy they will bake for you. They even do gluten free stuff in a spereate part of the kitchen.. they are amazing but I can't see the $$ for their bread all the time so I bake my own- my zojirushi bread machine has been a life saver, it makes 1.5 pound loaves that slice and fit in a toaster/sandwich baggie! its a horizontal loaf machine instead of vertical.. I can do 2 pound loaves in it too, but they are a bit high unless they are a high wheat content and don't rise as much...

    You might want to check out smaller bakeries in town and if you have a trader joes they label everything clearly and do have a LOT of soy and dairy free items...

    Good luck to you.
    Chef #797811
    Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:33 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi there are a couple of companies that I use that have great mixes.....The Craving Place is one and Namaste is another....no allergens, or at least it is very well notied if there are.... all and their products taste great. You can even make your own variations. Good luck.
    Chef Shadows
    Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:15 am
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    My reaction to soy takes on several forms:

    1. It feins heart attack symtoms
    2. diarihia ( mild to severe )
    3. general mylase

    It is a real shame that this once food for hogs (same as peauts) has become a major additive to our foods. Soy allergy is one of the top allergies today and it is in everything!
    DogAndCatDoc
    Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:20 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    You're not kidding..it is in absolutely everything. Disguised as "natural flavor" or "spices" , mono and di-glycerides, vitamin e (tocopherols), MSG and the list goes on...it is so hard to eat out anywhere and I spend a millenium at the grocery store reading every single label for the hidden phrases that signify soy. But I am getting used to it. I accidently had a bit too much soy lecithin around the holidays (in chocolate) and again my hair started to fall out...needless to say I stopped that little indulgence. There are a few chocolate products without soy...I just have to be disciplined enough not to stray from them. Nice to know there are others out there with the same problem....I hope enough attention can be brought to the problem that it will no longer be a cheap filler in almost everything offered in commercially prepared food.
    Widget3
    Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:55 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Yep, it's a real pain. I am allergic to soy, wheat, spelt, rye, corn, buckwheat, teff...well, really, you name it, and I probably can't eat it if it's any type of grain. Not to mention various fruits, nuts, peanuts, eggs. etc. And no matter how careful I am, I have headaches, and I itch horribly, and get rashes, and have stomach aches. And to top if off, NEW allergies can crop up out of nowhere.
    So. You grit your teeth and figure out what you CAN eat, and you do a whole lot of your own baking and cooking - and quite often, eat before you go over someone's house - and you eat as many organic foods as possible. And you read, read, read - every label, every time.
    We have two health food stores in our region, and between the two of them, I am able to find a number of soy-free (and gluten-free, of course) flours, baked goods, and so on.
    It gets easier. Honestly!
    Bob's Red Mill (also available online) is a great source. And frankly, THIS site has been the most helpful, informative, and best source of recipes that I have found - I am so grateful.
    pixieglenn
    Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:18 am
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    I feel your pain. My son has been allergic to soy and dairy his whole life, well he's 3 now so not that long of a time. We didn't know this til he was 15 months old or so and ended up in the hospital because he aspirated some of his reflux. Anyways, his only reaction to soy AND dairy is reflux and diahrea. The allergy only shows up in his intestine.

    I forgot how hard it is at first eliminating both dairy and soy, but now I've been doing it so long that it's second nature. It gets easier!
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