Among the many food types that cause all allergies,
over ninety percent is caused by just eight possible
sources of allergens. Among these is Soy, also known
in the UK and other countries as Soya.
Like any other allergy, contact with this food protein
type will result in the immune system falsely
recognizing the protein as a threat, and will activate
its systems in an attempt to combat it.
These ordeals are often painful, and its no joke when
an allergic reaction occurs. Millions suffer from the
same condition, and because of this there have been
exclusion diets built up so that those allergic to Soy
can avoid any and all food products containing the
How The Body Reacts
The bodily reaction of those allergic to soy may go
from mild to wild, depending on their individual case.
At the extreme end of soy allergy reactions, and all
other allergies for that matter are anaphylactic
reactions, resulting in difficulty breathing, shock,
and low blood pressure, all quite able to be
life-threatening in a matter of minutes.
A common way to combat this extreme body reaction is
to inject epinephrine and an antihistamine into the
body to stabilize all systems. A medical professional
should also watch over victims of allergic reactions
during this time just to make sure the reaction
doesnt turn fatal.
Common Soy Sources In Food
Its quite scary to think about when you have Soy
allergies, but most of the major fast-food chains use
soy protein when making bread products like hamburger
buns. Canned goods might also contain the same
ingredients, so check before you buy the canned
Asian-cuisine restaurants will also usually have soy
in their basic ingredients, so even before ordering,
youll have to ask if any soy is present in their
offerings so you can see which ones you should avoid.
Even food additives are not exempt from soy
ingredients, as some chicken broth products may
contain elements of soy. Flavoring, including buillon
cubes, might also contain soy, so when youre shopping
around, its a good idea to take a look at the
ingredients to check for soy.
How Much Soy Is Present Before The Body Reacts
Soy is typically more benign than most other forms of
food allergies. In fact, dosages for soy to elicit
reaction from the bodys immune system are much higher
than it would be for other types of food allergens,
which often require just a few mg to get an adverse
reaction from the body.
That is good for those allergic to soy, meaning that
if quantities in their food products containing soy
are miniscule in proportion to the whole product, then
they might not have to worry about eating it at all.
Having an allergic reaction to soy need not be such a
pain in the neck. Consult with your physician to see
what he or she can recommend to you when it comes to
diet modification, treatment, or immunotherapy to make
sure that you wont have unpleasant reactions when you
accidentally consume soy products. It all depends on
the individual case so you should have your doctor
come up with a treatment tailored for your case,
making your life easier than having to watch out for
soy all the time in everything you eat.