You may or may not have noticed that none of my recipes include soy. What’s the soy story?
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I am actually allergic to soy! Food allergies have been a big part of my life ever since I was a kid. The weekly allergy shots at the doctor’s office, emergency trips to the hospital, rashes, hives, you name it. I have a wide variety of reactions depending on the allergen, but with soy it’s nausea and vomiting.
While very small amounts are unlikely to bother me too badly (compared to, say, a big block of tofu), it’s safest just to avoid it completely. Some of my childhood allergies have actually lessened in severity over time, and I do always hope that one day that will happen with soy too. There’s still so much we don’t understand about allergies!
If you also have a soy allergy and are sad to have to skip the soy sauce in cooking, I highly recommend trying out Coconut Aminos. It’s a fantastic substitute in recipes that call for soy sauce. When I’ve personally made the substitution nobody is ever able to tell the difference!
Soy is found in so many foods, from chocolate bars to sandwich breads to baked goods. My number one tip is simply to be in the practice of checking labels. Luckily, when it comes to creations in the kitchen, there’re always great alternatives out there!