Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Allergy Free Vegetarian Recipes

Allergy free vegetarian recipes are more readily available now than they were in the past. The reason is that there was not a lot of research into food allergies and intolerance of certain foods. However, it has been, discovered that many people in the world do in fact suffer with food allergies daily.

Allergy free vegetarian recipes make it possible for vegetarian people with allergies to certain foods to eat great tasting meals and dishes. They can eat great healthy foods without having a reaction or becoming ill as in the past.

This makes a big difference to a-lot of people because people love to eat great tasting foods of all kinds. Vegetarian allergy free recipes are the same as regular recipes except for the fact that the allergy free foods use different ingredients. If a recipe calls for cows’ milk and you are allergic to the cows’ milk then the allergy free recipe will use a different ingredient.

This will not alter the taste of the dish and the dish will still have the same great texture and appeal that it did if it were, made with the cows’ milk in it. Every person is different even though some people are allergic to the same things like milk, eggs, and gluten. Each person may have a different intolerance to the ingredient.

One person may feel a little pain or pressure after eating a food that contains cows’ milk and another person may have a full-blown allergic reaction to the milk. This type reaction could be vomiting, or breathing problems.

If you are a vegetarian with allergies your life needn't be boring as there are plenty allergy free vegetarian recipes available.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Should I Stop Eating Fish?

Some vegetarians are actually pescatarians, which means that although they do not eat meat, they still eat fish. If you are a pescatarian you may be wondering "Should I stop eating Fish"? If you did this you would be a true vegetarian.

Seafood and shellfish can be a part of a healthy diet as Fish contain a lot of
nutrients that we don’t get from other meats.

They contain a high-quality protein, essential nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and it is low in saturated fat.

However, eating fish has its disadvantages as well. Fish often contain mercury. These levels are not usually bad enough to hurt us, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women, especially pregnant women, and young children to avoid certain types of fish and shellfish.

This is because some fish have high levels of mercury that are not safe for these
people to eat. Eliminating fish from your diet is usually the last step in going
towards a complete vegetarian diet.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What did our Ancestors Eat?

Do you ever wonder what our ancestors ate and how far we have diverted in our eating habits? Originally, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers and were not omnivores. They did not eat animals. When you look at predators and carnivorous animals you can see that they have teeth designed to rip and tear.

Their teeth are not designed for chewing. Animals that are designed for chewing like herbivores have flat teeth that are designed to breakdown food. Humans evolved from creatures that were vegetarian. The digestive systems were not designed for eating and digesting meat.

Eating meat is a fairly recent development in human history. It is believed that humans began to eat meat because they couldn’t find the natural foods they were used to eating. They might have assumed that eating meat would help to sustain their meat.

Initially, we were similar to creatures that evolved from animals like herbivore apes. These apes looked similar to man and walked upright with their arms and hands. They naturally foraged for food and ate roots, berries, fruits and nuts.

They also lived moment to moment constantly foraging for food. Hunting requires thought and eating meat required fire. Until fire was discovered, man primarily ate vegetables and fruits. Vegetarian eating is a natural form of eating and much healthier.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gluten Free Vegetarian Diet

In this post we'll talk about a gluten free vegetarian diet.

Around 1% of the population have celiac (coeliac) disease, which is an auto immune disease where the body attacks itself whenever gluten is ingested. In addition to people with celiac disease, there are also many people who have a gluten intolerance. This simply means that the person’s body or digestive system cannot tolerate the product or ingredient called gluten in foods.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It is present in many products including beer, soups, sauces, stock cubes, cakes, biscuits, candy and many more.

Now if your body or digestive track has difficulty breaking down the substance gluten you will develop an intolerance to the ingredient. Therefore, when you eat or consume gluten you will most likely has discomfort or pain. You may even be quite uncomfortable or become ill. The reason is that your body has to work harder to try to rid itself of what ever is making the ill feeling or the discomfort.

If you discover that you have celiac disease or you are gluten intolerant, the only solution is a life long gluten free diet. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian this is going to mean that you are on a vegan or vegetarian gluten free diet, which is going to be much more restrictive than you are used to.

The good news is, you should start to see your symptoms ease quite quickly after starting the gluten free diet and you still eat lots of healthy foods such as:

- all fruits
- all vegetables
- all pure herbs
- all spices
- corn, maize, rice and other gluten free grains

You will find it hard to eat out or to buy convenience foods on a vegetarian gluten free diet, but you can still make delicious food at home and you will be much healther as a result.