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Nutritional Yeast Amino Acid Profile

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It is surprisingly difficult to find the amino acid profile of nutritional yeast. I had to dig around for a while, but eventually I found a study that had it (1). The table below shows the data from that study, plus the amount needed to be considered a complete protein by the World Health Organization (WHO). Note that amino acid profiles always fluctuate a bit depending on the manufacturer (for...

Is Tofu a Processed Food or Whole Food?

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Tofu is a processed food. Any food that has been altered from its original (“whole”) form is “processed.” Even peanut butter is processed, since it consists of grinding up peanuts (even with no other ingredients added). There is nothing inherently bad about a food being processed. It’s only bad if the process somehow removes nutrition, or adds other ingredients that may be unhealthy...

The 30 Best High Protein Low Carbohydrate Vegan Foods

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Protein is arguably the hardest thing to get in high quantities on a vegan diet. It’s even tougher if you’re trying to maintain a diet with particular macros. Some people need to look for foods high in protein and low in fat, while others need high protein low carbohydrate foods.  I’ve collected the best vegan foods of the second type here, and I’ve divided it into 2 sections: High...

The 30 Top High Protein Low Fat Vegan Foods

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While fat generally isn’t anything to fear, there are some situations where it makes sense to limit it. Maybe it gives you stomach issues, or maybe you’re really trying to reduce calories. To help you, I’ve compiled the 30 best vegan food sources when it comes to maximizing protein and minimizing fat. The Best High Protein Low Fat Vegan Food Sources I compiled nutritional data for over 200 vegan...

Will a Vegan Diet Lower Triglycerides? (Summary of Studies)

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Refresher/Summary: Triglycerides are the main part of body fat in humans High levels of triglycerides in your bloodstream is linked to coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and more (1) In general, vegans and vegetarians have lower levels of triglycerides than omnivores, but some still have high levels (2) We know that triglycerides play a role in heart health. There’s a ton of...

Will a Vegan Diet Help Fatty Liver Disease?

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When most people think of a healthy diet, a vegan diet is usually near the top of the list. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll have some vegans who claim it can cure anything from cancer to heart disease. And while I’m a huge supporter of being vegan, it’s important to understand it’s not a magical diet that will make all your issues disappear. So let’s go over a few relevant...

The Best Vegan Sources of Antioxidants (List With Values)

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Refresher: Antioxidants essentially cancel out free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to aging Studies have shown that antioxidant supplements have no positive effect on disease (some have a negative effect). So get antioxidants from foods. Your RDA depends on your caloric intake. For a 2,000 calorie diet, it’s around 10 mmols per day, keep that in mind as you read on. Get...

Is TVP Good (Healthy) or Bad For You?

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TVP (Textured vegetable protein), similar to soy curls, seems like a great food for vegans (or anyone really) at first. But is it good or healthy for you? Let’s go over the main ways that TVP may or may not be good for you. TVP Nutrition Nutrition is the starting point for whether a food is healthy or not. Lots of vitamins and minerals? Probably healthy. Ton of sugar or trans fat...

Does Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) Cause Gas?

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TVP is amazing for vegan athletes. Tons of protein with relatively few overall calories make it one of the best vegan protein sources. Side note: It’s what they make soy curls out of. Unfortunately, I’ve read that many people have issues with TVP and gas. There are 4 potential solutions to this problem that I’ll walk you through. Soak, Rinse and Squeeze Your TVP to Reduce Gas It’s important to...

Is Hand Sanitizer Vegan? (Purell, Dettol)

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The whole coronavirus outbreak made me realize something. I’ve never considered whether my hand sanitizer is vegan, since I haven’t needed to buy any since going vegan. So, I tracked down some answers, which I’ll share with you here. Is Purell Hand Sanitizer Vegan? There’s 2 parts to consider: animal testing and ingredients. Here are the ingredients in Purell, I’ve highlighted the...