I hope you have been enjoying my series on food allergies. It is so interesting to learn about these different allergies and how to deal with them. They are becoming more prevalent and everyone should have some idea of how to feed a child with these different allergies! You can find Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here. Today we will talk about a peanut allergy and soy allergy.
Soybeans provide a very high quality protein in your diet. If you have a soy allergy, you should avoid foods made with soy. There are many foods that contain soy, including baked goods. meat products, cereal, and chocolate. It is imperative to read food labels when trying to avoid soy. A soy allergy is most common in infants and children and they usually outgrow it by the time they reach adulthood.
Substitutes for Soy Oil: Soy oil can be substituted with any oil that doesn't contain soil. Canola oil, corn oil, and olive oil are good examples.
Substitutes for Soy Margarine: If you don't have a milk allergy, you can substitute soy margarine with real butter.
Substitutes for Soy Sauce: Soy sauce is usually used to add a salty component to recipes. You should choose a sauce that is salty in taste or you can use balsamic vinegar with salt added.
Substitutes for Teriyaki Sauce: You can use sweet and sour sauce as a substitute, or you can combine balsamic vinegar, orange juice, white or brown sugar, water, olive oil and pepper.
Peanut/Tree Nut Allergy
I know this may sound hard to believe, but a peanut is actually a legume, but the proteins are similar to the proteins in tree nuts. Tree nuts are walnuts, almonds, pecans and cashews.
The only way to be sure nuts are not in a food item is to read the ingredient list. Some common foods that contain nuts are:
Cookies and baked goods - the actual baked good may not contain nuts, but the product could have come in contact with nuts during processing or packing.
Candy- different candy can contain nuts as a hidden ingredient, or can come in contact with nuts during processing or packaging.
Ice Cream - this one is on the list mainly when you go to an ice cream shop. Scoops are sometimes used on several different types of ice cream, without washing them, therefore, contaminating the scoop if it touches nuts.
Sauces- many sauces are thickened with nuts or peanuts.
Substitutes for Peanuts: Peanuts can be substituted with seeds, beans and pretzels. Seeds are nut free and make a great replacement for nuts in granola bars, breads and "butters". Beans can be roasted and replace nuts in salads and vegetable dishes. Pretzels are a great substitute for nuts in pie crusts and coatings for chicken or pork chops.
So, as you can see, food allergies have become common, especially among children. If you have a child with a food allergy, or feed a child with a food allergy (like me at my job), it is important to stay educated and up to date on substitutions and precautions. It doesn't have to be stressful as long as you are always prepared. I hope this series was helpful and that you learned a little something you didn't know before!