Soy allergies can cause symptoms from mild to severe. Soybeans alone are not a major food in the American diet, but in the Japanese diet soybeans and products made from soybeans are major contributors. In the United States, soybeans are widely used in processed food including baked goods, canned tuna and meat, cereals, cookies, crackers, high-protein energy bars and snacks, infant formulas, low-fat peanut butter, processed meats, sauces, and canned broths and soups. Soy can also be found in vegetable gum, vegetable starch, vegetable broth, glycine max, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), mono-diglyceride, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Traditional soy products include:
- Soy (soy albumin, soy cheese, soy fiber, soy flour, soy grits, soy ice cream, soy milk, soy nuts, soy sprouts, soy yogurt)
- Soybean (curd, granules)
- Soy protein (concentrate, hydrolyzed, isolate)
- Soy sauce
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP)