Soy Sensitivity and Ingredients

When my adult youngest daughter began feeling sick after each meal, we knew something was up.  Testing revealed that she is soy sensitive.  Many with a soy sensitivity can eat eggs, grain-fed meats and soy lecithin without issue.  She can’t.  We did a blind test with chicken and eggs through several weeks to make sure it wasn’t in her head.  If a chicken has been fed a diet with soy, she will react. Her reactions are dependent upon the level of soy ingested.  A high level, in addition to physical symptoms, can cause extreme mood swings. The same applied to any meats we tried.

We found our local grocery store had eggs she could eat, then one day she became sick after eating a meal including them.  I found one lady who sold them, but she decided it wasn’t worth the effort and quit. I had to special order soy-free eggs from a website online.

One day, DD3 was late for work.  After eating Golden Graham cereal that didn’t list soy, she took off out the door.  It was an hour drive to her workplace.  Within a few hours she was back home sick due to a soy reaction.

The ingredients list:

Wheat Whole Grain, Sugar, Corn Meal, Sugar Brown Syrup, Corn Starch Modified, Canola and/or,Rice Bran Oil, Honey, Salt, Baking Soda, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrose, Trisodium Phosphate,Zinc, Iron, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin aB), Flavor(s) Artificial,Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (HCL), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1),Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, BHT

See the soy?

Neither did we.  We were very confused over her being sick.

She tried Cocoa Puffs and became even sicker than with the other cereal.

Ingredient list:

Cocoa Puffs (Whole Grains (Corn, Oats And Rice) And Corn Flour, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Glycerin, Canola And/Or Rice Bran Oil, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Sugar, Salt Calcium Carbonate, Camamel And Beet Juice Concentrate Color Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, Blue 1, Tricalcium Phosphate, Trisodium Phosphate Artifical Flavor, Sucralose, Iron And Zinc (Mineral Nutrients), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), A B Vitamin (Nicinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Sulfiting Agents, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), A B Vitamin (Folic Acid), Wheat Starch, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) And BHT Added To Preserve Freshness.)

See the soy?

Neither did we.

I copied both ingredient lists and began researching.   Hours later I was done and had compiled a basic list of ingredients that can contain soy.  This is not an exhaustive list.  I add to it as I find another ingredient.  Some of these can also be made from other foods.  For example, citric acid can also be made from corn. Always call the manufacturer and confirm if an ingredient is made from soy:


Artificial Flavorings

Bean Curd

Bean Sprouts

Bulking Agents

calcium caseinate

Citric Acid




Fruit and vegetable coverings ( like apples) Must be scratched off or peeled. Cannot be washed off.  This includes organic fruits and vegetables.


Gum Arabic

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)


Kinnoko/Kinako flour





Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Natto (Japanese fermented soybeans)

Natural Flavorings

Okara or Akara (soybean pulp)

Protein Filler

Soy protein (isolate/concentrate)

Soya, soja, soyabean (names for soybean)


Stearic Acid




Textured vegetable protein (TVP)

Textured Soy Flour (TSF)

Textured Soy Protein (TSP)

Thiamine Mononitrate


“Tocopherol” in the name (usually made from soy)

Tofu (soybean curds)

Vegetable Glycerine (check with the company – some is made from palm)

Vegetable Oil (may contain Soy)

Vegetable broth

Vegetable gum

Vegetable starch

Vegetable *insert another name*

Vitamin E (usually made from Soy)



Zanthan, Xanthan or any variation of the name.




2 thoughts on “Soy Sensitivity and Ingredients

  1. Marc-Andre Ducharme says:

    Thiamine Mononitrate…what do I win? I just had today a pretty strong reaction after eating a croissant than had seemingly no soy in it. But after googling the ingredients, it turns out thiamine mononitrate is often made from soy, and it is generally not mentionned on the package.


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