Three allergens to look out for this Veganuary

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Three allergens to look out for this Veganuary

The new year’s here and we all have our resolutions at the ready. From diet to exercise, January is the month where we’re motivated and ready to make changes in our lives. It’s why many will be participating in Veganuary – adopting a vegan diet for January – in a bid to stay healthy and maybe help the environment too.

But while a vegan diet definitely has its benefits, you may have to be careful eating food you don’t usually eat. Some might cause an allergic reaction in a minority of people. Here are three of the most popular allergens found in vegan food.

Soybean

This is a particularly popular ingredient in vegan and vegetarian dishes. Soybean is used to make tofu, soy milk, and tempeh, amongst many other products. Soya-based products are often used as a substitute for meat and increases the protein in a dish.

Symptoms can be mild, including the likes of hives or itching. But it can also be severe, causing anaphylaxis, so it needs to be taken seriously.

Nuts

From nut roasts at Christmas to almond milk in your tea, nuts are found in a lot of vegan products thanks to the various ways we can enjoy them.

If you’re someone who has a nut allergy, you’re probably no stranger to intently reading labels to ensure the contents are safe for you to eat, but with the popularity of nuts in vegan and vegetarian food, this is something you’ll have to keep up through Veganuary.

Gluten

Quick to make, full of vitamins, and very filling, cereals seem like a great addition to your diet. That is, unless you have coeliac disease or a sensitivity to gluten.

A sensitivity to gluten isn’t the same as an allergy, but can still cause unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, stomach ache, and tiredness. It’s estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide have coeliac disease and that many are undiagnosed. So if you feel these symptoms on your new diet, this could be the cause.

If you’re participating in Veganuary this year, it may be wise to get an allergy test. That way, you can know for certain if you’re allergic to something and put your mind at ease.

If you’d like to book a test, or get some expert advice on your allergies before starting a new diet, call us today on 02031 433 449.

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