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Alberto Acosta

Soy and etc in GFCF

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Hi Alberto...

Soy sauce (if that's what you meant?) usually contains wheat... there are a couple of specialist brands which don't, but if it's listed as an ingredient in a ready made product then it's a no-no unless it specifically states 'wheat-free/gluten free'... Similarly, you have to watch 'vinegar' as an ingredient as most vinegar contains malt gluten... If it states spirit vinegar you're ok...

Soya - Is a different issue. It can be problematic for some kids, but it's not part of the 'standard' GF/DF diet as it doesn't contain gluten or dairy. The same goes for eggs.

Additional concerns arise because Soya became a sort of 'standard' in non-dairy foods, and then it was realised that too much soya in the diet isn't a good idea for other reasons...

The efficacy of the diet (or otherwise) varies from child to child, so some may be more tolerant/intolerant to trace quantities and a wider range of foodstuffs, but IMO/experience some of the more outrageous claims for very restrictive diets just don't hold up... If the impact of 'trace elements' were true, and new foodstuffs are added to the 'banned' list each week then by definition the previous weeks diet was corrupted and any perceived benefit was imagined! On the other hand, the 'but the banned foodstuff only 'weakened' rather than corrupted the previous week's result' argument completely undermines the 'trace element' theory...The logic shoots itself in the foot!


Simple equation: lots and lots of people now make a very healthy (excuse pun) living from the promotion, production, sale and manufacture of gf/df foodstuffs. It's big business, and in the interests of that business to find and exploit 'new' problems within the food chain to promote a specific lifestyle. Some will do that quite openly, and effectively, leaving individual 'choice' a main tenet of their business practise, while others will close ranks, behave fairly militantly toward 'dissenters' and promote an ethic that attacks 'non-endorsed' products as detrimental to the efficacy of the overall 'treatment'.

I have no doubts that a GF/DF diet has been helpful to my son and others, but some of the hype and outrageous 'cure' claims are dangerous because they fuel unrealistic expectations and keep moving the goalposts. They 'blame' diet for autism (rubbish!), and by extension 'blame' the parents providing that diet for not getting it 'right'...


Sorry, long soap-boxy response to very simple questions! :rolleyes:

1- Soy is generally a no-no unless specifically wheat/gluten free

2 - Soya can be a 'seperate' allergy, but is worth monitoring intake either way

3 - eggs are a separateseparate allergy, but with all that cholesterol etc worthy of caution too!


Hope that helps :)




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If a person is wheat and dairy intolerant, it is extremely likely that the person will be soya intolerant as well, as it is third on the list of most likely food allergies so use soya with caution, alternatives are rice milk, quinoa milk, hemp milk etc that are usually tolerated by people with food intolerances. I think small amounts can be tolerated as in soya sauce, it depends how bad the allergy is, but is better to abstain completely in the begining

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That's great help, my son doesn't seen to be allergy to anything(thanks God) so I hope that implementation of the gfcf diet to be an standart implementation following the Le Braton book.


BadDad Soya milk was what i meant.



Thanks Everyone

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I too would recommend to have a look at soya and eggs for reason of allergic reactions. Fortunately, our son (3) who has wheat flour and milk intolerance, has no soya or egg allergy.


In addition, I would watch if there is a allergy to tomatoes etc. which is also quite common.

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Im looking to get some protein powder and creatine and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction, in terms of a good couple of products??Thanks.

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