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Soy-free isn’t a very common product label; it isn’t very often that you see it in stores, but that doesn’t mean that food items aren’t soy-free. The presence of more popular labels can be a good indication that a product is soy-free. If you are looking for soy-free food, it might be easier to look for other signals.
Soy and gluten frequently go together. This isn’t always the case, so we recommend also checking the ingredients for soy, but looking for the gluten-free label can go a long way toward finding products that are likely to be soy-free. Gluten awareness has increased dramatically over the last several years and, as a result, gluten-free options exist everywhere. We’ve previously mentioned that getting a gluten-free in-flight meal is a good way to avoid soy while flying, but it goes further than that. Want a hamburger, but not sure if the bun contains soy? Get it gluten free with a lettuce wrap. Want to make sure your chicken isn’t fried in oil? Get the gluten-free grilled chicken instead (which also removes the possibility of soy in the breading). Bread is one of the common places to find soy, so choosing gluten-free food is a great way to select foods that are more likely to be soy-free.
Almost all soy grown and used in the US is genetically modified. Since most soy is GMO, the presence of a “non-GMO” label can be a good indication that something is soy-free. Tons of foods are labeled as non-GMO thanks to an increased consumer awareness of genetically modified food. Be careful, though, as this strategy doesn’t hold in other parts of the world since they may use non-GMO soy.
Looking for gluten-free or non-GMO labeling can make it a bit easier to find soy-free foods. While they don’t provide a perfect match, they can take some of the difficulty out of researching soy-free options and can narrow down the food choices to research. To be safe, always check the ingredients for soy, but using more popular labels can be a great way to find soy-free options!