Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ang | 2009/03/03


Soy allergy

What is Soya Lecithin (E322) and how does it differ from normal soy ?
My two year old is allergic to soy, and also not allowed lactose at the moment as he has ulcerative colitis and was told to avoid lactose in periods of an attach. We have been feeding him Nan Lactose Free and last night I noticed the Soya Lecithin in the ingredients, could this be affecting him? I phoned the Nestle hotline, however the consultant that I spoke to was very insistent that the this is a different form of soy and also that it is such a minimal amount that it won’ t affect my son .
Should I worry, or does this seem correct ?

Expert's Reply



Lecithin is a type of fatty substance that is used as a food additive.It is usually derived from egg yolks. Although soya lecithin is derived from soya it is not a protein and is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction.However in very few children who are exteremely allergic to soya it is possible that it may cause an allergic reaction.

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