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Whew! Today’s topic of food allergies as a vegan was a huge challenge. I have acquired a few pieces of information that will definitely be informative to you; however, information from other research-based resources have been rather scarce via the internet. Food allergies will be our first topic of discussion.
Food Allergies and Your Choices
Vegan diets are based on grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, soy, fruits, vegetables, and oils. 1
If you have allergies to gluten, soy, nuts and legumes (beans and peanuts), your choices of obtaining protein become limited. There is a choice available for those who still would like to be a vegan.
“Amaranth, quinoa, and teff are top choices. … are suitable for vegan diets, high in protein, and gluten-free.”2
Our bodies need protein to function and in meats they are consider a complete protein, because it has all of the vitamins, amino acids and minerals that we need. However, plant proteins are very limited (incomplete), because it lacks amino acids.
What is an amino acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein which are often the building blocks of the body. Proteins can be divided into two types:
- Structural proteins – these are found in muscle, bones, connective tissue and to a much lesser extent in cell walls.
- Functional proteins – these include hormones such as insulin and thyroid hormone, digestive enzymes, and antibodies.3
There are other allergies that one could have; however, protein as you can see is very important to one’s diet. This is not suggesting a high-protein diet, but a diet that is BALANCED in protein. There is a difference, so reading labels and planning a vegan meal accordingly is be a must.
Assignment: To ensure that you are meeting your daily requirements is to attend a vegetarian cooking class at your local hospital or with a dietician. They will be able to help balance your diet along with your personal physician.
1 Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, Kathleen Get The Facts About Vegetarian Diets. July 29, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/get-the-facts-about-vegetarian-diets
2 Groce, Victoria. Vegetarian Nutrition and Food Allergies: Eating with Allergies to Vegetarian Protein Sources http://foodallergies.about.com/od/livingwithfoodallergies/a/vegetarian.htm
3 Tylee, Dr. Jenny. Amino Acids – What are They and Why Do We Need Them? http://EzineArticles.com/799327