Vegan Deli

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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Will the Gas Pass?

question.gif - 1.4 K Is there a reason that new vegetarians experience gas, and is there a solution? Most information about gas focuses on beans, but I've found that it is the uptake of vegetables and fruits that is the problem.

answer.gif - 1.3 K There are many reasons that new vegetarians and vegans may experience gas. The standard American diet that most of us were raised on is centered around highly refined and processed items, dairy products, and meats -- none of which contain dietary fiber. Hence the proliferation of stool softeners (made of soluble fiber) and laxatives. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are loaded with fiber, which is vital for intestinal health and proper elimination. It takes time for our digestive system to adjust to this drastic change in diet and accommodate the healthful incorporation of more fibrous foods.

Gas can also be caused by not properly chewing our foods. Whole grains, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables need to be thoroughly masticated before swallowing. Digestion begins in the mouth by thoroughly grinding our food into a paste and mixing it with our saliva. Our stomach does not have teeth. If fibrous foods are swallowed without being properly broken down in the mouth, we will have difficulty digesting them, and thus experience stomach pain, distention, and gas.

Another source of gas is how we chew. If air is taken in during chewing or swallowing, it will form gas in our intestine. Most of us are not aware that we are taking in air as we eat, but this can happen with something as simple as talking or drinking while eating, eating quickly, or just opening our mouths while we chew.

Carbonated beverages cause gas, too. Mixing carbonated soda pop with a whole foods diet is simply asking for trouble.

Food sensitivities can also cause digestive problems, including gas, as can certain health problems that may or may not be directly related to the digestive tract.

There is no single reason that people experience gas. Vegetarians and vegans are no different than the rest of the population in this regard, However, it may take a little time for our bodies to acclimate to a whole foods diet. For new vegetarians and vegans, patience and awareness about how and what we are eating can be the key to the solution in most cases.




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