Wheat Intolerance As A Vegan

Being a vegan and having wheat intolerance is quite a tricky combination. This is because many of the foods generally eaten to compensate for the lack of meat and dairy products in your diet contain wheat.

Veganism already means that your diet is considerably restricted. If you have wheat intolerance as well then you're really going to have to be extra careful to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients and vitamins that it needs.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms of wheat intolerance include tiredness, migraines, feeling bloated and this may also be connected to irritable bowel syndrome.

If you are practicing veganism and suffering from these symptoms then its a good idea to consult your doctor about your syptoms in order to see what changes you may need to make to your diet.

For example, finding alternative sources of calcium is important when you don't eat dairy products.  Whilst it offers very little else, white bread is a good source of calcium. But if you can't eat that then you need to look elsewhere. Oranges and broccoli are two other examples of foods that are high in calcium.

Are You Getting Enough Iron?

One of the other important things to think about is whether you're getting enough iron as vegans are particularly vulnerable to developing anaemia.

If you can't eat pasta, bread or bran flakes then you should make sure you have plenty of other sources such as leafy vegetables, nuts, lentils, beans and dried fruit.

You should probably think about taking vitamin supplements to make up for any gaps in your diet. Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 are particularly important as they may be lacking from the foods you're able to consume.

Don't despair, with a bit of research and effort you can still make sure you're eating healthily and keeping yourself in top form.

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