Hidden names of Soy... and one way to replace soy sauce!

This post is to address the dangerous forms of hidden soy. For us, soy is one of our worst allergens. Even the most insignificant amount of soy lecithin wreak havoc on my youngest daughters digestive system.  For us, soy causes Blood in her diapers, vomiting, crankiness/fussiness, inability to sleep/rest, teething like symptoms (drooling, chewing on finger etc), unquenchable thirst, and diarrhea. So, we take soy very seriously in our home, along with dairy. We are grateful that her reactions are not anaphylactic, but we still have to take every precaution to keep it at the greatest distance possible. Now, as she is getting older, her reactions are getting less severe and last a shorter period of time. We are unsure of whether or not she will grow out of these reactions to the greater extent, like our older daughter has, or if hers will be lifelong struggles, but it's safe to say that we stay away for now.  Soy is one of the hardest ingredients to steer clear of, as it is an additive in everything. Why? you might ask... Because it's cheap, and sustainable. Now, I promise not to jump on my anti-soy soapbox here, but my own opinion here, soy wreaks havoc on every body... it's just some are more easily noticeable.  Like in our little ones. Soy has MANY hidden names, so this is the most comprehensive list I could find (of course at my favorite allergy site for the basic info like this www.kidswithfoodallergies.org )

The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of soy protein. All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past. 

Contain Soy:

Edamame (soybeans in pods)
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Kinnoko flour
Kyodofu (freeze dried tofu)
Okara (soy pulp)
Shoyu sauce
Soy albumin
Soy bran
Soy concentrate
Soy fiber
Soy flour
Soy formula
Soy grits
Soy milk
Soy miso
Soy nuts
Soy nut butter
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate 
Soy sauce
Soy sprouts
Soya Flour
Soybean granules
Soybean curd
Soybean flour
Soy lecithin*
Soybean paste
Teriyaki sauce
Textured soy flour (TSF)
Textured soy protein (TSP)
Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Yuba (bean curd)
*Products that are covered by the FDA labeling laws and contain soy lecithin must be labeled "contains soy".

May Contain Soy:

Artificial flavoring
Asian foods (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.)
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Natural flavoring
Vegetable broth
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch 

So, if you are anything like us, you like a good stir-fry. Yummy, filled with veggies and quick on those busy nights... That's where this lovely little gem comes in to play. It's called coconut aminos, and info on it can be found HERE.  You can find it at most health food stores like whole foods, good earth, sprouts and nugget market (I'm sure many other stores carry it, I just know I've found it at these store before).  It costs between 6.50 and 10.00 for the bottle, It's around 7.00 at sprouts market! It is the closest thing to tasting like soy sauce to make a lovely stir-fry from scratch. Word to the wise, this is VERY potent, and takes only a tiny amount to get some serious flavor, so use in small amounts and add more if more flavor is desired.  Outside of this, I have yet to find something that tastes like soy sauce, but doesn't contain soy.  
I hope this will help you to more easily solve your puzzle in ridding your diet of soy.  It is a difficult journey, but well worth the hard work when you get results worth working hard for.  Good luck, and as always, if you have any questions comments or extra info to add, I'm always an email away.
Hugs, The Allergy Mommy

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