Pro­tein sources for veg­e­tar­i­ans

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you with pro­tein, too. They can be pre­pared and eaten in sim­i­lar ways to tra­di­tional grains such as oats and rice.

Eggs – some veg­e­tar­i­ans still con­sume eggs, which are a great source of bi­o­log­i­cally avail­able pro­tein.

❚It ‘burns’ you be­cause any­thing with an acid ph that is too acidic for the tis­sue to which is ex­posed will cre­ate a burn­ing sen­sa­tion. When the acid is con­tained in­side the stom­ach it­self, all is well, but when it es­capes out of this area, it af­fects the lin­ing of the oe­soph­a­gus, which is not de­signed to cope with such acidic con­tents. Many peo­ple with re­flux re­spond very well to the stim­u­la­tion of stom­ach acid and ex­pe­ri­ence Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

much fewer symp­toms as a re­sult. For oth­ers, they are eat­ing foods that they can’t cur­rently tol­er­ate and a di­etary trial omit­ting the sus­pect food/s may be war­ranted un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a health pro­fes­sional.

Stom­ach acid pro­duc­tion is stim­u­lated by the aroma of food and by chew­ing. His­tor­i­cally, we used to take much longer to pre­pare our meals and the aro­mas of the up­com­ing meal gen­er­ated by slower cook­ing pro­cesses sig­nalled to the stom­ach that food was on its way.

Chew­ing also alerts the brain to send a mes­sage to the stom­ach to let it know that food is on its way. When we in­hale our food, how­ever, this doesn’t hap­pen.

An­other way to phys­i­cally stim­u­late the pro­duc­tion of stom­ach acid is by con­sum­ing ap­ple cider vine­gar. If you haven’t had this be­fore, it is ini­tially best to di­lute it and, ide­ally con­sume it five to 20 min­utes be­fore break­fast (or all of your main meals if that ap­peals).

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Lentils are rich in pro­tein and con­tain good amounts of other nu­tri­ents.

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