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Monday, February 27, 2012

What Soy Foods to Avoid

For those who may have not taken the time to go to all the links I posted in my previous article on soy foods, I thought I would briefly post specifics on what soy foods to avoid (taken from this article). This is as much for my benefit as for anyone else's because, while I consciously avoid buying soy food products for my family, I sometimes forget what other names they are known by. And these ingredients are found so often in processed foods--yet another reason to make everything from scratch.

Soy foods to avoid include:
  • Soy milk
  • Soy protein powder/bars
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy cheese
  • Soy burgers
  • Soy yogurt
  • Soy ice cream
  • Soy baby formula
Less obvious soy foods to also avoid (which are typical in processed foods):
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Textured plant protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Vegetable protein concentrate
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Lecithin (usually from soy)
  • Vegetable oil (usually from soy)
  • Vegetable broth (usually from soy)
  • Bouillon (usually from soy)
  • Natural flavor (usually from soy)
  • Mono-diglyceride(usually from soy)
And for those with particular sensitivity to soy, the list is even more extensive, including isoflavones, guar gum, and mayonnaise. See this article for the entire list.

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