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Apr 9, 2019

Best Food Groups for Those With a Soy Allergy

For some allergy sufferers, avoiding certain food
groups is more straight-forward than others. Staying away from peanuts,
shellfish, and dairy, for instance, is relatively easy. But what happens if
you’re allergic to a common substance like soy? Fortunately, there are ways to avoid
soy products, too. While you should always check the label of a particular food
before eating it – or ask the waitstaff at a restaurant if you’re dining out –
some food groups are safer than others if you’re looking to steer clear of soy.
Best of all, sticking with these food groups can still give you a healthy and
nutritious diet.

Whole Grains

Products made from whole grains are generally
nutritious and delicious. Many items in this family are safe to eat for people
with soy allergies. However, be sure to read the label before you buy things
like bread, crackers, pancakes, and waffles. Some companies use soy flour or
oil made of soy to produce their products.

Vegetables

Vegetables are traditionally one of the healthiest
and most nutrient-packed of all food groups. And best of all, most of them are
soy-free! Many fresh, canned, and frozen vegetables are free of soy and soy
products. However, if they are mixed with sauces of any kind, you should check
first to make sure the sauce doesn’t contain soybeans, soybean sprouts, or any
other soy product.

Fruits

Similarly, most fruits are naturally soy-free. As
with vegetables, most juices, canned fruits, and fruits that are fresh or
frozen are usually soy-free. Be aware, however, that sauces, fruit-based
toppings, and fruit drinks can contain soy products.

Vegetarian Alternatives

For people who follow a vegetarian diet, avoiding
soy can be tricky. At a minimum, tempeh and tofu are off-limits for soy allergy
sufferers. These ingredients are common in most processed vegetarian foods
(like veggie burgers) and meat alternatives. However, there are some healthier
solutions that you can consider to avoid soy and still have a healthy, balanced
diet. Foods on this list include beans, eggs, milk, nuts, seitan, whole wheat,
quinoa, oat bran, and flaxseed.

Milk and Eggs

An advantage of dairy (and eggs) is that they are a
vital source of the vitamin B12, which is not found in plant-based products.
One point of concern, however, is that these products are also common
allergens. Therefore, before incorporating them into your diet, you might want
to consult an allergy doctor in Las Vegas to perform a skin test. This lets you
know right away whether or not you’re allergic to a specific substance.

Beans

If you’re looking for another good source of
protein, beans are a great option. One cup of beans generally provides about 15
grams of protein. Beans are packed with other nutrients too, such as magnesium,
iron, and folate. Furthermore, they’re among the least expensive and most
filling options for meat alternatives.

Nuts

Nuts are also a great source of protein and
nutrients. However, they are also a common allergen, especially among children.
If you have any doubts about whether you (or a child) are allergic to nuts,
it’s best to consult a Las Vegas allergist first to rule out potential adverse
reactions.

Seitan

Seitan is a popular meat alternative. It has a
distinct flavor and has the hardiness of meat. It can even be made at home,
which ensures you control the ingredients and saves money! Most seitan products
are made from wheat flour. If you’re buying a seitan-based substance, however,
check the label first to make sure there are no hidden soy ingredients.

Whole Wheat

These days, it’s easy to find whole wheat versions
of your favorite foods made of traditional white flour. Best of all, most whole
wheat products are soy-free. By choosing whole wheat, you’ll get somewhere
between seven and eight grams of protein per cup. You’ll also get about three
grams of protein in a three-ounce serving of whole wheat bread. Other nutrients
in whole wheat are manganese, selenium, and fiber.

Quinoa and Flaxseed

At 23 grams per serving, quinoa packs more protein
than just about any other type of food. It is also high in magnesium,
phosphorous, and fiber. As an added incentive, quinoa is easy to make. With a
slightly nutty and neutral taste, it is similar to rice in the sense that it
pairs well with many vegetables, spices, sauces, and most meats. Similarly,
flaxseed – which is rich in protein and fiber – has a slightly nutty but
neutral taste. It works well with yogurt, salads, as a topping for baked goods,
and more.

Soy allergies can be a pain, but there are many
great alternatives if you have to eliminate this category from your diet.
Additionally, many soy alternatives like fruit and vegetables are healthy and
nutritious, too. If you suspect you have a soy allergy, contact Tottori
Allergy, the best
allergist in Las Vegas
, to get tested. Only then will you be sure of what you’re allergic to and
how you can avoid exposure to allergens in the future.

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