Hi viewers, welcome to this Q&A series where I help answer your questions. Today's question is...
"Do you have any recommendations for someone trying to go vegan but I have digestive issues the last 2 yrs. I can't eat the things i used to eat and i don't know why. Doctor's can't really figure it out. My main concern going vegan is eating enough and getting enough calories and protein. This is not a problem for most vegans because most of them can eat beans and stuff but that sometimes bother me.
I'm sorry to hear about your digestive issues, I personally had some issues myself before going vegan so I hope your issues clear up soon.
So you say you're concerned about eating enough and getting enough calories and protein, but you can't have beans as it bothers you. So to help you understand why this is happening, beans are amazing at providing nutrition on a vegan diet but they don't always agree with everyone. This is because beans contain raffinose and stachyose, which are indigestible sugars, or oligosaccharides. The human body does not produce enzymes that break down these large sugar molecules, and this is the reason that beans cause gas.
But the good news is no one said you need to eat beans to get adequate calories or protein on a vegan diet! So instead of eating beans, have you tried other legumes like lentils and chickpeas? What about tofu and tempeh? Just a 1/2 cup portion of tofu has 10 grams of protein and 1/2 cup of tempeh has 15 grams of protein. a half cup is not that much, you can easily add that to whatever you're cooking. Even a cup of soymilk has about 8 grams of protein. Another great source that you can get plenty of calories and protein from is quinoa. Just 1 cup of cooked quinoa has 222 calories and 8 grams of protein.
Also remember it's important to chew your food very well so that it can be broken up and mixed with the salivary amylase enzyme in your saliva before swallowing. I talked about this in my "you're frinking your smoothies all wrong" video that I will link below so make sure to watch that too!
After giving the other foods I listed above a try for a few weeks, try adding beans back in small amounts to see if you tolerate it better. Ultimately I hope you can start incorporating beans back in your diet again because they really are amazing! And I really don't want you to see this as an obstacle stopping you from going vegan, it is extremely easy to get plenty of calories and protein on a vegan diet and I'm here to help if you think of any more questions!
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