CategoryDiet

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...

Cronometer App Review: The Simplest Food Tracker Yet?

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For diets that aren’t too popular (keto, vegan, etc.), it’s always a good idea to track your nutrient intake to make sure you’re not missing anything important, which could lead to health problems. Cronometer is one of the most popular food tracking apps. It also has fitness tracking built in if you’re trying to lose or gain weight. It’s available both on desktop and mobile. I first heard about...

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar on a Vegan Diet?

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Vegan diets are notoriously carb-heavy. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll also eat a lot of sugar, but it can. It’s a common question to wonder if you’re eating an unhealthy amount of sugar. I’ll try to clear this up in this short post. Fruit vs. Processed: The Source Matters The biggest thing to realize here is that sugar is sugar. Processed sugar is “bad,” while sugar from fruit might...

Do New Vegans Get Diarrhea?

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New vegans typically do experience with their stools, but diarrhea itself is not that common. However, it does happen. I’ll go over a few other potential causes of diarrhea in new vegans here. Regardless, you should check with a doctor just to be on the safe side, and make sure that it’s not being caused by an underlying condition that isn’t related to being vegan. 1. Your Body Is Still Adjusting...

Dairy Withdrawal: What to Expect From Dairy Detox

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Just like meat withdrawal, many new vegans claim to experience dairy withdrawal. So even though it’s not a medically documented condition, there’s probably some truth in it. I didn’t drink much dairy before going vegan, so it makes sense that I didn’t experience anything of the sort. However, I’ve read many anecdotes and summarized the main causes for dairy withdrawal and what to expect...

No Appetite As a Vegan? 4 Common Causes

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Studying appetite is fairly difficult to do, so there’s not a lot of research about it. However, having a lack of appetite as a vegan, particularly a new vegan, is a commonly reported problem. So while I can’t give you any clear answers from research, I can summarize the most common things that cause a limited appetite in vegans. Vegans Typically Eat Way More Volume When you first go vegan you’ll...

Does Flaxseed Cause Gas? (It Can, Here’s How…)

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While flaxseed doesn’t cause excessive gas in most, it definitely can cause gas! There are a couple of ways this can happen, I’ll go through each one quickly. If none of these seem like the cause of your gas, it could be something else in your diet. Flaxseed Has a Lot of Fiber Gas is caused when fiber or certain carbohydrates ferment in your large intestine (your small intestine can’t digest...