A Guide To A Plant-Based Diet With Food Allergies

Committing to a specific diet can be intimidating. A lifestyle plagued by rules and the inevitable guilt that comes from slipping up and eating something outside of a diet’s guidelines is not the most appealing. And for those with food allergies or sensitivities, eating is already a policed activity in which food label reading is a necessary hassle.

The Plan Based Diet

However, the plant-based diet is more forgiving than most. According to a recent study by OnePoll in conjunction with So Delicious Dairy Free, 59% of Americans are now eating plant-based meals at least once a day, because of its ease. Plant-based generally denotes a diet based on plants, but not necessarily all-plant, vegetarian, or vegan. The definition is still flexible. While some use the 'plant-based' term to label their 100% plant diet, others use it but still eat small amounts of animal products.

If you are considering a plant-based diet or curious about how it could work for you, here’s a guide to all the plant-based goodness you can eat while avoiding your offending allergen.

Neal Barnard, MD, founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, promotes a plant-based diet and lifestyle as a means for preventing and reversing diabetes. When it comes to navigating the diet with food allergies, he said, “One of the benefits of following a plant-based diet is that there aren’t many labels to read if you’re basing your diet around whole and minimally processed foods like fruits, vegetables, oats, rice, sweet potatoes, beans, and other healthy staples.”

Dr. Barnard also pointed out that it is common observation that when people go vegan, allergies often improve. There is no clear research to correlate a plant-based diet to allergy relief, but the Center for Nutritional Studies says a high-fiber diet keeps gut lining healthy and lowers to risk of allergic reactions to foods ingested. So if one's plant-based diet is also high-fiber, it could help alleviate allergies and their symptoms. Even if this is not the case, Dr. Barnard added, “A plant-based diet is a powerful way to achieve good health, whether you want to lose weight, cut your cholesterol, tackle type 2 diabetes, get an extra edge in sports, or feel more energetic.”

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