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NutriPro Food Allergens - Did you know soybean and sesame seed could cause allergic reactions?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

SOY

Known as soy or soya, this is a standard ingredient in many Asian and vegetarian foods. Soybean allergies are common, especially among children.

Avoid:

- Soy in any form
- Soybean
- Some soy oils
- Soy  protein
- Soy sauce
- Tamari
- Emulsifiers
- Vegetable gum or starch
- MSG
- Tempeh
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- Tofu
- Edamame
- Miso
- Lecithin

 

Check labels:

- Asian cuisine (risk of cross-contact)
- Vegetable starch
- Broth and soups
- Baked goods
- Cookies and crackers
- Sauces

Not an exhaustive list. Read ingredient labels carefully

SESAME SEED

Whether used as whole seeds or processed into sesame oil (which is not refined), these foods can cause allergic reactions for some people.

Avoid:

- Sesame seeds, flour and paste
- Sesame oil*
- Sesame salt (gomasio)
- Tahini
- Benne, benne seed, benniseed
- Gingelly
- Halvaj
- Sesamol

 

Check labels:

- Asian cusine
- Backed good (bread, rolls)
- Bread crumbs
- Cereals
- Chips, crackers, and snack mix
- Dipping sauces
- Dressings, gravies, marinades and sauces
- Falafel
- Hummus
- Margarine
- Processed meats and sausages
- Soups
- Sushi
- Tempeh
- Vegetarian burgers

Not an exhaustive list. Read ingredient labels carefully

Sources

  1. Powers, C. & M. Abbott Hess (2013) Essentials of Nutrition for Chefs, 2nd Edn. Chicago: Culinary Nutrition  Publishing
  2. Food Allergy Research & Education (2017)  “Common Allergens” www.foodallergy.org