- Soy is considered a highly antigenic food and is one of the 8 major allergens found in Western food processing
- Some of the proteins in soy can cause soy dust sensitivity when inhaled and produce asthma-like symptoms in sensitive individuals
- Soy in the United States is almost entirely genetically modified (GM) and, like corn and other GM crops, contains “cry” proteins, a pesticidal protein added during genetic modification and which, when combined with complementary herbicides during growing, may contribute to health problems in humans and other mammals, particularly increased adiposity and immune abnormalities
- Because soy is so ubiquitous in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industry in the United States, sensitivity to soy can often be difficult to detect through simple elimination diets alone. Testing for antibodies to peptides in soy is the only way to definitively assess a patient for soy sensitivity
- Soy is also a common cause of asthma-like symptoms in some sensitive individuals, and the Soy Zoomer can identify if those individuals may see symptom relief on a soy-free diet
- Due to the highly genetically modified nature of soy in the United States, differentiating between sensitivity to GM or non-GM soy may aid in individualizing nutrition elimination and liberalization of diet in affected individuals
- Because soy sensitive individuals may have concomitant sensitivity to peanuts or tree nuts, consider running the Peanut Zoomer panel and the Nut Zoomer panel for comprehensive testing
Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.
Conditions and Symptoms Associated with soy sensitivity include:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Excessive gas or bloating
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny nose or watery eyes
What type of soy is the Soy Zoomer testing?
The SoyZoomerTM tests peptide-level antibodies to 11 different soy proteins. One protein in particular, the soy CRY protein, is found specifically in genetically modified (GMO) soy. Thus, the Vibrant SoyZoomerTM can differentiate if a person is sensitive to organic soy, or GMO soy, or both.
What can I do if I am sensitive to soy?
Depending on your symptoms, history, and the severity of your results, you will likely be advised to follow a soy free diet. This can be difficult, but not impossible. You can call to schedule an appointment with one of Vibrant’s clinical dietitians or consult with your ordering provider about what the most appropriate diet for you is once you get your results.
Are there other foods that are cross-reactive with soy?
Because soy sensitive individuals may have concomitant sensitivity to peanuts or tree nuts, consider running the Peanut Zoomer panel and the Nut Zoomer panel for the most comprehensive testing.
Will the Soy Zoomer tell me if I am sensitive to genetically modified (GM) soy as well as non-GM soy?
Yes. The Vibrant Soy Zoomer includes antibodies to Cry1Ac GMO protein, which is a pesticidal protein found only in GM soy.
If I am allergic to soy, will the Soy Zoomer detect this?
No. Because allergies and sensitivities involve two different arms of the immune system, antibodies that are involved in allergic response (IgE) are different from antibodies involved in other types of hypersensitivities (IgG and IgA). The Soy Zoomer tests for IgG and IgA response to soy proteins at the peptide level, which increases the accuracy of the test results and minimizes cross-reactivity and variability.
Can I run the Soy Zoomer test in pediatrics?
Yes. While Vibrant has not created reference ranges specific to pediatric populations, this test can and should be run in pediatric populations that are at risk for or suspected of having soy sensitivities.