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Postby HealthFreak » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:11 pm

What is the health profile for Seitan?
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Re: Seitan

Postby JeffN » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:37 am

HealthFreak wrote:What is the health profile for Seitan?


I don't know what you mean by "health profile" but seitan is made from gluten, which is the main protein in wheat.

Foods like gluten become popular based on the old myths that vegetarians could not get in enough protein, so high protein vegetarian foods like seitan, tofu, tempeh, etc became popular. But, as we know, protein is not an issue and excess protein may be a problem.

While it is not high in fat, like Tofu is, I would recommend you think of this as a condiment, at best, and if you use it, do so sparingly. While it does have some minerals, it is fairly high in calorie density, a concentrated protein, low in fiber, virtually void of vitamins, and what I would consider a fairly refined and processed food.

It seems that many people had trouble digesting it so we stopped serving it at the last center I worked a as the medical staff always knew the day after it was served, as everyone was up visiting them with stomach and digestive discomfort.

It earned the nickname of "Satan". :)

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Re: Seitan

Postby JeffN » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:10 pm

The issue of alternative meat products like seitan, soy curls, TVP, etc came up yesterday in a discussion/chat during the 12-Day Program.

To clarify the discussion around the various products, and to put things into perspective, I created this chart. I think it will help clarify the picture

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Re: Seitan

Postby Tian-De » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:20 am

I was reading this thread and thought of a seitan experience worth sharing.

I had kidney surgery when I was 13, and have generally not been bothered by this for the past two decades. But a couple years ago, I made a seitan loaf for thanksgiving. Long story short, my kidney was in serious pain for days on end. When I checked cronometer, it became apparent that I had consumed well over 200 grams of protein in a very short period of time.

(Not) Oddly enough, when I used to drink smoothies for breakfast, I found that any powders with a protein profile beyond defatted peanut butter would send my kidney back to this painful place.

Writing this, I feel pretty thankful that folks like Dr. Garth Davis and Dr. McDougall are out there showing folks that protein is such a non issue that it's ridiculous. This was actually my favorite aspect of the "Starch Solution" book, the concept that supplementation beyond getting enough starches to feel full does more harm than good. I hope more people out there in the world can take that to heart.

Hopefully one day everyone will be asking: Where do you get your fiber?
世界需要真、善、忍
The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance
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Re: Seitan

Postby JeffN » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:31 am

Tian-De wrote:Hopefully one day everyone will be asking: Where do you get your fiber?


viewtopic.php?f=22&t=44791&p=492020#p492020

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