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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 month ago

Been trying to eat less meat and have been trying veggie burgers but it seems like they keep giving me stomach aches.  Why might this be?  ?

I like veggie burgers too by the way, this isn’t an attempt to dis on vegans/vegetarians, but they literally rip my stomach up about an hour after having one.

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  • 1 month ago
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    "Been trying to eat less meat and have been trying veggie burgers but it seems like they keep giving me stomach aches. Why might this be? "

    The main reason for the upset stomach isn't due to your trying eat less meat, and eating veggie burgers. There are two very strong possibilities. The first and most likely is that your body isn't as pointed out, accustomed to the higher amounts of fiber. That in and of itself can lead to gastric distress, or what you're calling a stomach ache. This is part of the reason why many advise those who are going from a meat heavy diet, to becoming a vegetarian or vegan, is to ease their way into the new diet that they intend to embark upon doing. As was aptly pointed out, all to many people aren't getting enough of the two types of dietary fibers. One type is the soluble fiber, which is needed for overall arterial health, and the other is needed for helping keep the digestive tract healthy along with the colon and bowels, and help waste from foods eaten to move through the digestive tract.

    The other potential issue is that there's something in the ingredients that does not agree with you, and is either a sensitivity, or is an outright allergy. The only two ways to find out if that's the case, is first get a list of the ingredients used, and be tested by a specialist in allergies. The other and generally less accurate or dependable is a process of elimination, by getting other brands with different ingredients, and seeing if that changes things. As an example I can't tolerate certain types of sodas, such as Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, which are all a type of what's known as colas. However there are other sodas which I can drink, that doesn't cause me a digestive tract issue.

    Also many premade ready to use commercially made foods, has ingredients, and other additives such as preservatives, that while many an tolerate without any issues, for others those ingredients or additives. However there are many others who doesn't do well with some of the additives or other ingredients, and will have reactions to them. Another way to speed up the process of elimination is to look at the ingredients list of premade of foodstuffs that you know causes issues.

    • Louis
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      1 month agoReport

      Triple thumbs up!

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  • 1 month ago

    The vegan burgers are full of chemicals. Processed vegan food is very unhealthy. Youd be better off to just eat a real hamburger

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  • The problem with veggie burgers (among other things) is that they have a crap-tonne of additives and preservatives which some people cannot handle. Read the ingredient list and see if there's anything that is problematic for you.

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  • Louis
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    1 month ago

    I think it might be one of the ingredients in the veggie burger. 

    Look at the ingredients list of the veggie burgers you have tried that disagreed with you. If there is a common ingredient you can probably find a product that does not contain it. 

    Better yet, skip the veggie burger and make a veggie wrap at home. 

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  • 1 month ago

    so don't eat them.

    You don't need veggie burgers to eat less meat.

    • Larry1 month agoReport

      That’s an arrogant answer, they’re asking for advice not arrogance. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes some people are allergic to pea protein! Try eating split pea soup with ham if you can eat split pea soup with ham you should be able to eat a veggie burger but if you eat the split pea soup with ham and have to run for the bathroom about an hour later you're going to be allergic to veggie burgers too

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Are you making the burgers yourself, or are you using pre-made ones?  It sounds like you may have an intolerance to an ingredient in the burgers.  If you make them yourself you can experiment to figure out which ingredient is causing your problems.  I have an onion intolerance and have to make my own and substitute another ingredient for the onions.  It's also possible that the issue is related to fiber.  A lot of veggie burgers are made of beans, and many people don't get enough fiber in their diets, so the bean-based burgers can be a bit much for their systems.  Again, if you're making your own, experiment and figure out what works best for you.

    There are a number of good vegan cookbooks with veggie burger recipes.  You might browse your local library for ideas.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1624144799/?tag=vegdontb... and https://www.amazon.com/Veggie-Burgers-Planet-revis... are both pretty good.

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  • 1 month ago

    There are all sorts of vegeburgers! Great varieties of ingredients depending on where you buy them. There must have been something in yours that disagreed with you! Many meat burgers and sausages have all sorts of bits of the animals they are made from. Eat more nuts!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Honestly, your body might not be used to the uptick of vegetables that you’re having.  Vegans that start eating meat again also report getting stomach pains.  It’s your body is not used to that diet.  Veggie burgers also typically contain several ingredients and one of them might be bothering your stomach especially the ingredients that help it resemble the texture of meat. Vegans like to tout that their diet is more clean but realistically a lot of it is highly processed to make their stuff resemble something it is not.  Black bean burgers are also notorious too for making people pass gas.

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