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We've just seen a huge change in the menu at a fast casual restaurant, and it is making it easier to eat soy-free! Roti Modern Mediterranean has just changed their ingredients to largely use olive oil instead of soybean oil.
Roti offers Mediterranean food, a type of food that should be pretty easy to eat soy-free, except that they used to use soybean oil in many of their menu items. This made it more challenging to eat there and also created the potential for cross-contamination concerns (although, we've typically found these to be pretty small throughout the restaurant industry).
Roti's allergen menu is very easy to use. They specify soy protein and soybean oil as different categories, so it is much easier to identify what dishes are safely soy-free. With their recent update to their allergen menu, Roti's use of soybean oil was extremely reduced! While there are still a few items that contain soy, the bulk of the menu has opened up to customers looking for soy-free options.
We consider it unlikely that this big of a shift was solely due to food allergy awareness. The shift to using more olive oil is most likely to increase the flavor (and possibly the nutritional content) of their menu items. But this change is still great for avoiding soy. Now we can enjoy a variety of options on the Roti menu!
This is a great example of how it can be worth it to check restaurant allergen menus for changes over time. Don't assume that just because a menu item once contained soy means that it still does (and vice versa). Food ingredients change over time in many places, which can unlock previously soy-containing foods for soy-free eating. I know we'll be enjoying Roti for months to come!