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Hidden And Not-so-hidden Soy Ingredients

By Dotchi Latham @DotchiLatham
If you are allergic to soy, you may be consuming it in your foods without realizing it. 

If you are reading labels carefully, you might see a label that states "contains soy". Then you read the ingredients but can't figure out where the soy is in your canned soup. Well, that's because some ingredients aren't called soy, but come from soy.

Here is a list of things to look for on your food labels when you are trying to figure out if it has soy or not. The ones with a * MAY contain soy.

I am listing the obvious ones (like soy protein isolate) and the not so obvious ones (like Almond Milk which has soy lecithin. While some can have soy lecithin, others, like myself, must avoid ALL soy products.)

Hidden And Not-so-hidden Soy Ingredients

Soy Plant
Source: Wikipedia


  • Almond milk * (may contain soy lecithin)
  • Asian cuisine *
  • Artificial Flavoring *
  • Baked goods *
  • Bean curd
  • Bean sprouts *
  • Bouillon Cubes *
  • Bulking Agent *
  • Candy *
  • Canned broths *
  • Canned meat *
  • Canned soups *
  • Canned tuna *
  • Cereals *
  • Chicken (raw or cooked) that is processed with chicken broth *
  • Chicken Broth *
  • Chocolate *
  • Cookies *
  • Crackers *
  • Deli meats *
  • Di-glycerides 
  • Dofu
  • Edamame
  • Energy bars *
  • Guar Gum *
  • Gum Arabic *
  • High-protein energy bars *
  • High-protein snacks *
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein *
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein 
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein *
  • Imitation dairy foods * (like cheese, milk, etc)
  • Infant formulas *
  • Kinako 
  • Kinako flour
  • Kori-dofu
  • Kyodofu flour
  • Lecithin *
  • Margarine *
  • Mayonnaise *
  • Miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • Mixed Tocopherols *
  • Mono and di-glycerides
  • MSG (mono sodium glutamate)
  • Natto
  • Natural Flavoring *
  • Nimame
  • Nutritional Supplements (vitamins) *
  • Nutrition Bars *
  • Okara
  • Peanut butter *
  • Processed meats *
  • Sauces *
  • Sausages *
  • Shoyu
  • Smoothies *
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts
  • Soya
  • Soybean Curds
  • Soybean granules
  • Soy 
  • Soy albumin
  • Soy bran
  • Soy butter
  • Soy cheese
  • Soy concentrate
  • Soy fiber
  • Soy flour 
  • Soy grits
  • Soy ice cream 
  • Soy lecithin (some soy-allergic people can consume soy lecithin)
  • Soy milk 
  • Soy nut butter
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy oil (some soy-allergic people can consume soy oil)
  • Soy protein
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy Protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sprouts
  • Soy yogurt
  • Stabilizer *
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Thickener *
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable gum *
  • Vegetable Shortening *
  • Vegetable starch *
  • Vegetable broth *
  • Vegetarian Meat Substitutes *
  • Vitamin E *
  • Vitamins *
  • Yakidofu
  • Yuba 

Is this list a little long? Don't panic! Kids with Food Allergies has a printable card you can take with you to help you remember these. Not all soy ingredients are on the card since I am getting the list from a few sources. It will give you a good head start though.  Printable Cards! From Kids With Food Allergies You can find the printable soy allergy travel card here. Here is a larger one that you can print and put on your fridge. Click here to see it. See something that needs to be on this list? Did I miss something that contains soy? Shoot me an email and I'll add it to the list.
Around the web: So Delicious does carry soy-free frozen desserts. My favorite alternative to dairy ice cream! Resources for this post So Delicious Soy Milk Frozen Desserts Kids With Food Allergies Food Allergy Research and Education Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foodallergies.about.com My experiences with trial and error

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