When I first found out that I had a soy allergy, I was completely clueless, but these websites and apps have helped tremendously with my learning curve. I plan to update this website periodically based on your recommendations and on new apps I find.
I am also including some websites and apps that are important for ANYONE that is looking to buy healthy products and foods.
EWG’s website is full of good resources. They have a searchable database (and app!) called Skin Deep that has all kinds of great information on which cosmetics are better for your body. They also have helpful guides on topics such as pesticides in produce, GMO foods, and healthy cleaning products. They also advocate for healthier products and will send you updates on the latest political happenings in regards to food and product safety.
The Food Facts website is a great resource that gives you information on allergies, nutrition, and ingredients of many products. A grade is assigned to each product to help you decide what to purchase. You can set up a free profile and choose which allergies should be considered in your searches.
AllergyEats is the best place to go to find out if other food allergy diners have eaten at a particular restaurant, the level of accommodation they received for their allergy, and any comments they have about the restaurant. The diner making the recommendation has the option of listing which allergy they have, and that is helpful since someone with one food allergy may have a completely different experience from someone with another food allergy. This is a must-have app for traveling or trying new restaurants, and it’s free!
FARE is a great website for anyone dealing with food allergies. They provide the latest news and research on food allergies, provide food allergy advocacy, and recently launched a new site dedicated to eating out. SafeFARE is a site produced by FARE to assist diners with tips and resources on how to eat out with a food allergy and even provides resources to restaurants. My favorite resource is the “Food Allergy Chef Card” which you can hand to your restaurant server or manager to assist you in having an allergy-free experience.
FAACT has a lot of great educational tools, provides advocacy assistance with government, civil rights and disability (ADA) laws. They also provide current news and information related to food allergies and product recalls.
Apps for iPhone
iAvoid is a simple app that allows you to program your allergies (peanuts, soy, fish, tree nuts, shellfish, milk, egg, wheat), and it will give you a list of the most common ingredients and other ingredients that may contain your allergy. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it does list a lot of common ingredients.
iCanEat (costs $$)
This is a great app, especially for traveling and meals on the go. Many common fast food chains are listed on this app, and it will give you allergen information based on your preferences. Just beware that because the FDA does not require anyone to list soybean oil or soy lecithin, you could still be getting some of those ingredients.
There are also a few other good apps listed on Healthline’s article called “The 12 Best Allergy iPhone & Android Apps of 2013.” Some of these are paid apps, so I have not purchased them, but let me know if you have found success with any of them.
A word on one app that may not be that helpful for soyvivors:
iEatOut (costs $$) is an app that helps you determine which items at ethnic restaurants are suitable for your particular allergy. It even tells you what ingredients to avoid in a particular type of food. The problem is that so much of ethnic food can contain soy that is basically rules out almost everything in the app. It’s certainly not the fault of the app, and I am sure it is great for other food allergies, but unfortunately as many of us will attest, it seems that soy is in almost EVERYTHING.
Calling all Soyvivors: Do you have any great sites or apps that I should add to the list? Keep checking back for updates!