Other than vegetable shortening, oil and some margarines, are there any products that you have been surprised to learn have soy in them?
We have a local bakery that cannot accomodate soy free requests, and I'm wondering if there are other products where you wouldn't expect to find soy.
Thank you Auzzi! That is just what I was looking for. On your "less obvious" list, I notice emulsifiers, and I immediately thought of my LorAnn emulsions. I will check with them next week and see if soy is one of the emulsifiers.
I did not know about the cross reactions - I believe licorice is from anise seed, which is very similar to fennel seed (is that from fenugreek?).
And I didn't realize the gums were derived from soy.
I really appreciate your help.
Cross-reactions are those that are caused by similar chemicals in other products - they are not soy in origin.
AJust an FYI, being part of the same family of foods is usually not enough to trigger a reaction if someone is allergies to a different food in that family. For example, many people are allergic to peanuts, but soy allergies are not nearly as widespread.
Soy-free is certainly possible, but it is a pain...more annoying than gluten-free, not as annoying as corn-free.
Here's a great resource as well. I point my children's caretakers to this website all the time, and everyone seems to find it very useful. If you scroll to the bottom there is a pdf file that informs on how to read a label for various food allergies to include soy.
Thank you Jason and tdovewings!