Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce contains Soy Protein

**UPDATED JULY 2011 TO ADD :::: I am still getting a lot of comments on this post so I just wanted to update to say that apparently the recipe has changed. The label no longer lists hydrolyzed soy and corn protein as ingredients. Several readers chimed in and also said they contacted the company and confirmed it is now soy-free.**

It is funny that I thought I was a pretty good label reader but I am discovering more and more that apparently I am not careful enough. All sorts of foods contain things that I would not have expected.

A while back, I verified that Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is gluten-free. As I was making a big batch of Chex Mix today, I took another look at the label. The last ingredient is hydrolyzed soy and corn protein. Ugh! IT CONTAINS SOY! I guess I'll just watch everyone else eat my Chex Mix.

The other item I wasn't thrilled about on the list is High Fructose Corn Syrup. In general, I am trying not to buy things that contain this. I don't use this sauce much so I guess that is not too big a deal but definitely a problem if my son and I are going to be soy free!

16 comments:

Judith Hawkins-Tillirson said...

I'm disappointed too! A new book just out, PICKLES TO RELISH by Alfeld (Pelican Publishing) has a recipe for a home-made Worcestershire Sauce. It makes a lot--she notes that it can be refrigerated after preparation, and that it's actually a chutney that's been cooked and strained to produce the sauce.
You can cut the proportions down to what your fridge can handle; you might experiment with substituting other sweeteners; you could even throw in some anchovies if you wanted to come closer to the L&P sauce. I haven't made it yet, but plan to--we *cannot* be held hostage to the ubiquitous Soy!
Thanks for reading--Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
3 lb diced apples 1 chopped, seeded orange
3 chopped onions 1 gallon vinegar
2 lbs sugar 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 TBS ground ginger 2 TBS whole cloves
4 TBS pickling salt
Peel the apples & onions. Cook all of the ingredients for 3 hrs; strain.

Rafael said...

I take soy proteins in the form of soy bars from Revival Soy.

sicl4015 said...

I'd like to add anchovies and tamarinds...any ideas of how much to add?

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Esther said...

I've eliminated soy in the last 6 months and it has been interesting. I think, after a bad experience yesterday, that L&P does still contain soy, even though the only suspicious thing on the current label is natural flavorings.

♥Andrea♥ said...

I just called them today and they said that it's soy free. They said the natural flavorings are just spices and they would clearly label it if it had soy in it. So I'm going to eat some tonight... tomorrow we will know!

Anonymous said...

here's the link to Lea and Perrins label, looks fine to me as its soy and gluten free but it has a lot of corn syrup in it and that's a big no no for anyone, but its not like you use a ton of it - right?

http://www.leaperrins.com/products/the-original-worcestershire-sauce/nutrition.aspx

Anonymous said...

Actually, it does NOT contain soy. I called the company to verify and they assured me that the "natural flavorings" is not soy. They said if it contained soy they would list it.

Anonymous said...

After some research, for the very sensitive celiacs out there, malt vinegar which comes from barley is considered not gluten-free. Lea and Perrins has malt vinegar as their top ingredient. So technically Lea and Perrins is not gluten-free

Rosey said...

I am new to thisGF life but have come to realize my sensitivity is through the roof, and just yesterday i consumed Worcestershire hoping the vinegar was not malt vineger and i found out quickly that could have been the only culprit. Day two and hopefully only one more day till recovery . That' my average down time. But i must mention i do not know the brand, was visiting a friend.

Sandi said...

I was checking the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce for Soy too.
It does not contain soy. The vinegar is distilled white vinegar and there is no corn syrup - it has sugar.

Anonymous said...

The american version (yellow label) uses white vinegar, the british version(orange label) uses malt vinegar

Anonymous said...

The website says that the US version is gluten free. If you want to make a marinade for beef, you could mix it with kombucha. The probiotics will help to predigest any possible allergenic ingredients and also help to tenderize the meat (similar to a beer marinade).

Unknown said...

Depends on the country. In the US it does not contain malt vinegar.

Jonas Weise said...

Depends on the country. In the US it does not contain malt vinegar.

Unknown said...

Lea and perrins removed malt vinegar from the list of ingredients but it still exists in the product. You can do searches on this subject and find many people with celiacs, like me, attesting the same thing. Plus the company ADMITTED to lying on it's ingredient list. My reaction to it was always very fast and very severe. Not safe to eat unless you have an iron stomach