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#1 Old 01-05-2016, 08:36 PM
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Will my allergies get in the way?

Hello all, so i have been interested in transitioning to becoming a vegan for quite some time now, but the main issue i have with it are allergies. I'm allergic to Avocado, Coconut, and Tree Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Hazelnuts etc...). I know that a lot of animal product substitutes contain these ingredients. How could i transition to becoming vegan, avoid these ingredients, and still be healthy?
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None of those foods are necessary to health. Plenty of vegan products that do not contain those ingredients. The only product I know that usually contains nuts are granola bars.
You can still eat all kinds of grains, potatoes, legumes, vegetables, seeds, tofu, seitan, etc.. Also, I don't know where you are, but I don't think Tofurky and Gardein products contain those ingredients.
Cook from scratch whenever possible. That way you can make sure you avoid those ingredients.

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Hi! Rare to 'meet' another coconut allergy (it seems to be included in more and more products these days). Lots of vegans have various allergies and manage to work around them Making your own food helps as you can be 100% certain of what goes into it and avoid things you are allergic to. The good news is, the foundation of a healthy cooked vegan diet is fruits, veggies, beans and grains, not coconuts, avocados or nuts (those are just 'additional' good items).

Curious if you are allergic to seeds as well as nuts (chia, flax, sunflower, sesame, hemp ext...) as seeds can be a good source of nutrients and healthy fats and protein for those who can't eat nuts and avocados and can be substituted into many (though not all) vegan recipes calling for the use of nuts. You can also sprout seeds for an extra nutritional boost and make seed and sprout milks in lieu of nut milks.
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Hello all, so i have been interested in transitioning to becoming a vegan for quite some time now, but the main issue i have with it are allergies. I'm allergic to Avocado, Coconut, and Tree Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Hazelnuts etc...). I know that a lot of animal product substitutes contain these ingredients. How could i transition to becoming vegan, avoid these ingredients, and still be healthy?
Hi Caleb,

No problem. As everyone else has said, you don't need to eat avocados, coconut, or tree nuts to be healthy. There are vegan "meats" that don't contain these ingredients - just check the label.

Also, as you're finding out, you don't need vegan fake meats to be healthy. Mainstream vegan organizations recommend a diet of beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, with small amounts of nuts or seeds. Since you are allergic to tree nuts, you might enjoy eating seeds instead.

Mercy For Animals has a beautiful, informative Vegetarian Starter Guide (it's actually vegan). Page 7 summarizes vegan nutrition, and pages 11-13 show very easy meal ideas: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/files/VSG.pdf

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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/topics/diet/en/
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