Soy and peanut allergies are on the rise and doctors are warning people not to rely on the food as a health booster.
The Irish Times reported that in 2016, the National Health Service reported that a fifth of its cases of peanut and soy allergies were related to soy products, and a third of those cases were related in part to soy.
A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that some people who were not allergic to soy or peanuts were using them as a food-based treatment for a variety of ailments, including asthma and eczema.
Dr. Susan Aiken, an allergist and co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s allergy clinic, said it is common for people to take soy supplements.
But it is “a misnomer” to say they are a “health booster”, Aiken told the Irish Times.
Soy is known for having a protective effect on the body.
When eaten properly, it is a nutritionally balanced food that is rich in proteins and healthy fats.
The American College of Allergists advises people to avoid soy, which can contain high levels of phytochemicals that can trigger allergic reactions.
“I think the word ‘nutritionally’ is a bit misleading,” said Dr. John Groskin, a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan and director of the university’s Allergy Program.
Groskin said there is no scientific evidence that soy is good for allergies, but it is still important to avoid eating soy.
“If you’re not allergic, there’s no reason to eat it,” he said.
“It is one of the worst things in the world, but people have it.”
Soy allergies are most prevalent in Europe, with China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States accounting for more than one in three cases in Europe.
Grazing soy is also one of many foods that people are finding more beneficial.
“We don’t like the idea of being restricted to certain foods, we like the taste of them, and soy is an example of that,” Aiken said.