The College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that only 0.4% of American children under the age of 18 are allergic to soy.
Although soy has been listed as one of the eight major allergens, it occurs much less than the other seven (1) and researchers found that nearly 70% of children outgrow their soy allergy by the age of 10.(2)
If you have an allergy, its important to know where to look for ingredients on the food label. Foods containing soy will list them on the ingredients list and identify them as an allergen.
Soyfoods serve as great alternatives to hyperallergenic dairy and peanuts, and offer complete protein, vitamins and minerals. Schools and child care centers (3) offer soy nuts and soy nut butter in place of peanuts, and serve soymilk in place of dairy milk to reduce potential exposure to severe allergens.
2. Gupta RS, Springston EE, Smith B, et al. Geographic variability of childhood food allergy in the United States. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2012;51:856-61.
3. Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Conover-Walker MK, Wood RA.?Food-allergic reactions in schools and preschools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155:790-5.