Soy is a top allergen. It’s hard to decide because of so many benefits and negatives of drinking or eating soy products.
The reason why Infant formula has Soy :
Some infants can’t tolerate milk proteins or lactose in infant formulas, due to which they show symptoms like “colic” projectile vomiting after each bottle, or in some cases overall unwell emotional and physical appearance. For these infants, soy formula is included, as most infants tolerate without any side effects.
About soy :
Soy is mainly from soybean or products from soybean. They contain protein, calcium, and iron. It is not advisable to take as the first food, it is best to take while eating a variety of meals.
Foods made with soy :
Products of soy have many different forms. Tofu is the most recognized form of soy. Also, another form of soy is Edamame.
Soy allergy symptoms :
1. The body’s immune system recognizes soy as a harmful invader. It is very crucial to follow 4 Day Wait Rule when introducing new foods to the baby.
The symptoms will be dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, hives, gastrointestinal symptoms, diarrhea, nausea, Vomiting, Anaphylaxis, wheezing and oral allergy syndrome.
Hidden Soy in food :
Know the other names of soy products if the baby is allergic to soy. Avoid food that has the following as the ingredients like shoyo sauce, miso, hydrolyzed soy protein, soy nuts, soy grits, soy flour, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, tempeh, soy sauce, textured vegetable protein, and tofu.
Other soy or soy products will be hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, Flavorings, vegetable gum, vegetable broth, natural flavoring, vegetable starch.
Methods to avoid soy products and soy :
Always make sure to contact the manufacturer. Let them help to identify natural flavorings in foods.
Most flavorings are soy based, best if know about it and avoid them.
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein and Hydrolyzed plant protein are soy.
Try to talk to company to find whether vegetable broth, gums, and starches have soy in them.