Alternative Names for Soy


Manufacturers find many ways to hide soy in their ingredient list. When reading labels, check for the obvious ingredients:

soybean oil                                        miso

soy lecithin                                        tofu

soy protein                                        tempe


Also look for hidden ingredients which may be soy-based:

mixed tocopherals                          mono and diglycerides

vitamin E                                        natural flavor

vegetable oil                                   vegetable solid proteins

Everyone’s level of sensitivity is different, so you will have to decide how cautious you need to be. I have learned that soy is one of the top 8 common allergens; therefore, if a product contains soy the law states a company must list it (but only if it contains soy protein, not any other form of soy). Most large companies follow this practice . . . it is up to each consumer as to whether or not he or she feels the need to confirm the product is soy-free.

A tip about dining out: you’ll have better luck at locally owned restaurants. Also, when asking about ingredients, I have found that I have to specify what soy is: soybean oil, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, etc.  Most people don’t realize that soy is a common ingredient. Additionally, chicken and meat, as well as lunch meats are often infused with soy (sad, but true). So when eating out, or purchasing meats and poultry, be sure to check their ingredients as well. Check my list for soy free brands!