This post is sponsored by Soy Connection.
As a dietitian, I see many clients who choose to avoid soy because they believe/ suspect they may be allergic. While soy is listed among the “big 8” major food allergens, recent surveys suggest that prevalence of soy allergies is the lowest in both children and adults.
I am excited to partner with Soy Connection, a collaboration of health, nutrition, and food industry experts with U.S. soybean farmers to set the record straight. Their organization works with independent researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and academic institution to conduct research on health and nutrition related to soy.
The truth about soy protein allergies
The truth is, soy allergies are rare. In fact, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates less than 1% of children are allergic to soy protein and of those, about 70% will outgrow it by age 10. One interesting fact is that highly refined soybean oil does not cause allergic reactions in those allergic to soy protein. Therefore, the FDA does not require soybean oil to be labeled as an allergen.
The truth about soybean oil
What many consumers may not realize is that most vegetable oil in the grocery store is actually heart healthy 100% soybean oil – just check the ingredient list! Soybean oil is a rich source of omega-3 fats that have been linked to brain and heart health. It can be used for a variety of cooking methods including baking, sautéing and frying along with homemade dressings and dips.
Be sure to pick up a bottle of heart healthy 100% soybean oil next time you are at your local grocery store.
5 snacks to enjoy soy:
Be sure to visit SoyConnection.com for more delicious recipes made with heart healthy U.S. soy!