Myth: Many people have soy allergies.
Not true! Although some do have allergies to soy protein, in comparison, an allergy to milk protein is 80 times more common.
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.
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.
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