Allergies

Myth: Many people have soy allergies.

Fact: It is 80 times more common to have an allergy to milk.

The College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that approximately 0.4% of American children, or about 298,410 under the age of 18, are allergic to soy, whereas the more frequent allergies report milk (32%), peanuts (29%), eggs (18%), and tree nuts (6%).? However, by age 10 an estimated 70% of children will outgrow their soy allergies.

References
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Soy Allergy. Accessed on August 26, 2013, http://www.acaai.org/allergist/allergies/Types/food-allergies/types/Pages/soy-allergy.aspx.

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

Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Conover-Walker MK, Wood RA. Food-allergic reactions in schools and preschools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001:155;790-5.