A food allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction that involves the immune system (see “What is an allergy?”). Although up to 20-30% of people believe they have a food allergy, studies show that between 2% and 5% of people suffer from a definite food allergy (see “Food allergy”).
- Soy is a protein-rich plant source derived from soybeans
- Soybeans are a member of the bean (legume) family. The majority of people who are allergic to soy do tolerate other legumes, however a small number may react to other legumes such as beans and peanuts