Soy-Free Cough Drops

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A few weeks ago, we posted about how we recently discovered soy lecithin in some tea. We were surprised to find soy in something as innocuous as tea, but we doubled down about checking the ingredient list for soy and found plenty of soy-free tea varieties. 

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It has happened again… we’ve just discovered that cough drops can contain soy lecithin. We’ve been using these cough drops for years, and never thought twice about checking the ingredients. We actually only found out because they didn’t have our usual flavor at the store. We picked up a new flavor (same brand) and read through the ingredient list. Sure enough, soy lecithin was listed! After checking the ingredient lists of all the cough drops in the store, we were able to find a soy-free brand: Ricola.

When we got home from the store, we did some research to learn why soy would be in something like cough drops. As it turns out, cough drops use soy lecithin as an emulsifier to bind the cough drop’s ingredients together, just like with chocolate.

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While it was an initial shock, we were able to recover and find some soy-free cough drops. This event can serve as a helpful reminder that soy isn’t necessarily just in food; it can also be found in a variety of products where you wouldn’t think to look for it, from lotions to medicine. Because we didn’t think about cough drops as something that could contain soy, we didn’t think to check for it. Going forward, we’ll be careful to read through the ingredient lists of the medicine that we buy to make sure that it's soy-free.