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This blog is a journal of our struggles with food allergies and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs). ("DD" stands for "dear daughter", so whenever you see it in the blog it is referring to my daughter and our personal experience.) My hope is for this blog to be a source of information and support to others who might be trying to investigate, diagnose, treat, or live with, food allergies and EGIDs. Feel free to leave comments with suggestions or requests of what you would like to see on this blog. This is a work in progress. :)

Hidden soy

Here are some hidden soy ingredients to watch out for -

Always contains soy:
  • edamame
  • miso
  • natto
  • shoyu
  • sobee
  • tempeh
  • TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
  • tofu
May contain soy:
  • bulking agent
  • emulsifier
  • guar gum
  • gum arabic
  • HVP or HPP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein)
  • lecithin
  • protein, protein extender, protein filler
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • seasonings
  • shortenings
  • stabilizer
  • thickener
  • vegetable gum, vegetable starch, vegetable oil, vegetable protein
    • be wary of anything that says "vegetable" but doesn't specify which one; it is usually soy
Common sources:
  • Vitamin E
  • baby food
  • baked goods
  • bouillon cubes
  • canned fish
  • Chinese food
  • chocolates (cream centers)
  • cooking oils
  • gravy (sauce) powders
  • hamburger patties
  • hot dogs
  • ice cream
  • infant formula (including cow's milk formula)
  • margarine
  • mayonnaise
  • meat products
  • powdered meal replacers, protein drinks
  • sauces (soy, Asian, Worcestershire, gravy)
  • seasoned salt
  • shortenings
  • many "dairy-free" or vegan food products

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