Infants and children diagnosed with a soy allergy must avoid eating all foods containing soy. Soy is the main ingredient in a number of Asian and vegetarian foods, such as tofu, soy sauce, teriyaki and soy milk.1  Soy products are also found widely in manufactured foods.2 For this reason, it is important to always check the label of any manufactured food to ensure it is suitable for your child.

The following foods and ingredients contain soy and soy protein. These foods should be avoid by children with a soy allergy.

Bean curd Soy ice cream Tempeh
Edamame beans Soy infant formula Teriyaki
Hydrolysed soy protein Soy milk Textured soy protein
Hydrolysed vegetable protein Soy protein isolates/concentrates Textured vegetable protein
Miso (soy bean paste) Soy sauce Tofu
Soy beans Soy yoghurt
Soy cheese Soybean sprouts
Soy flour Tamari

Soy lecithin (322) and soybean oil are made from soybeans, however they are usually tolerated by those with a soy allergy.

Please note that this is not a complete list of all foods containing soy and soy protein. It is important to check the labels of all manufactured foods before consuming.

Table adapted from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy ‘Dietary Avoidance for soy allergy’.

The following foods and ingredients may contain soy and soy protein. It is important to check the labels of these foods before giving to your child. If the food contains soy it should be avoided.

Baked goods, cereal and grain products – all types of breads (soy flour is used in many commercial breads), bakery items, breadcrumbs, biscuits, breakfast cereals, cakes, homemade bread mixes

Condiments and sauces – Chocolate flavourings, chocolate nut spreads, mayonnaise type salad dressings, gravy (pre-prepared), sauces

Confectionery and desserts – Chocolate, frozen fruit desserts, ice cream, gelato, sorbets, sweets

Meat, fish, poultry and alternatives – Crumbed meats and fish, frankfurts, processed/deli meats, sausages, sausage rolls, vegetarian meat alternatives

Miscellaneous – Flavoured milk drinks, flavourings, pancakes, soup mixes, stock cubes, taco shells, vegetable gum, vegetable starch

Pre-prepared, takeaway and restaurant foods: Deli salads, Asian dishes (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese), pizza

Please note that this is not a complete list of all foods containing soy and soy protein. It is important to check the labels of all manufactured foods before consuming.

Soy free bread alternatives

Most commercially available breads are made using soy as a starter.1 As bread is often a staple in a child’s diet, this can make avoiding soy difficult. The following are some soy free bread options2:

  • Some brands of traditional style rye bread. Be sure to check the label as some rye breads contain soy
  • Homemade bread made using soy free flour
  • Crumpets
  • Flat breads, like pita, mountain bread, tortilla wraps and Lebanese breads often do not contain soy
  • Check with your local baker or supermarket to see if they sell soy free bread

Please note, this fact sheet does not list all foods containing soy. Parents should check the labels of all foods prior to feeding to your child with soy allergy.

The labels of all manufactured foods must be checked to make sure the food is suitable before feeding to your child

 

  1. The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. 2015. Allergy-Soy Allergy. NSW Health. Viewed 28 June 2016. https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/fact-sheets/allergy-soy-allergy
  2. 2014. Dietary Avoidance- Soy. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Viewed 28 June 2016. http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/ascia-dietary-avoidance-for-food-allergy/soy