Advantages of Being a Vegetarian What Does a Vegan Use Instead of Gelatin?
Advantages of Being a Vegetarian what Does a Vegan Use Instead of Gelatin? So many dishes are made with gelatin. They include many summer favorites. Both sweet and savory dishes have been based on gelatin. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
Children love fruit flavored gelatin-based dishes such as jello. A more adult dinner table can be graced with a salad in a gelatin mold. Mousses and cheesecakes can both call for gelatin.
So, what can a vegan or a strict vegetarian use who wants to avoid animal products? Even meat eaters may wish to use an alternative to gelatin for health reasons. (“Vegetarianism And Cancer: The Evidence Coyalita March 22, 2022”)
Gelatin is derived from beef or pork. Cooks sometimes make their own by boiling bones or pigs’ trotters but most often they are bought in powder form ready made in packets. “It can then simply be added to water that is just below boiling point.” (“Vegetarianism And Cancer: The Evidence Coyalita March 25, 2022”) This provides the basis for an entire range of jellied dishes.
A vegan or vegetarian can use rice starch, arrowroot, or potato starch for some of these dishes. A fruit or vegetable flan can be covered in a jelly like glaze by blending a little of one of these products with water and then adding it to boiling water. It is important to stir the mixture vigorously to prevent lumps forming. If lumps do form use a food processor to remove them. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
“But for a molded jelly shape you will need something different.” (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) A seaweed-based product called agar-agar is the thing to use here. This can be bought in powder form and added to hot water just like gelatin. It is even available to buy it in flavored forms that will make the traditional jelly that children and many adults love. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
“Be careful not to keep an agar-agar jelly too long. They should be eaten on the same day as they are made because they provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.” (“Vegetarianism And Cancer: The Evidence Coyalita March 22, 2022”)
“But they are quick to make and quicker than gelatin to set.” (“Healthy Living”) So, it is not really a problem to make one quickly just before you need it. (“Vegetarianism And Cancer: The Evidence Coyalita March 25, 2022”)
In powder form agar- agar will keep for months. “That makes it a good stand by to keep in your store cupboard.” (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
Many non-vegetarians will find it useful to keep some handy for visiting vegetarians. In many ways it is easier to use than gelatin which can easily go “stringy” if the water used is too hot. Agar-agar is almost fool proof. (“Vegetarianism And Cancer: The Evidence Coyalita March 25, 2022”)
Vegetarianism And Cancer: Evidence
Vegetarianism has the reputation of being a healthy diet because it is low in fat and high in vegetable products and fiber. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) An increasing number of scientific studies are showing that a vegetarian diet can help to prevent cancer and can assist the body to recover from cancer when combined with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
A vegetarian diet is not an alternative to conventional forms of treatment. It would be unwise to reject medical treatments that have been shown to work. (“Advantages of Being a Vegetarians”) Only the irresponsible would recommend a cancer patient to reject conventional medical treatment.
What a vegetarian diet can do for a patient who is undergoing cancer treatment is to help their body cope with the side effects. “A diet high in natural fruit and vegetable juices will provide the body with important nutrients that help the natural healing process.” (“Advantages of Being a Vegetarians”)
Patients who adopt a vegetarian diet often report an improvement in their general outlook and their attitude to the disease. In part this may be because they are eating a nutrient-rich diet. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
“But the psychological effect of switching to a vegetarian diet can be as important as nutritional value.” (“Advantages of Being a vegetarian”) Cancer patients suffer from a feeling of loss of control because their whole life becomes dominated by a complex regime of treatment that is in the hands of specialists. When they change to a vegetarian diet, they regain their sense of control over their own lives. (“Advantages of Being a vegetarian”)
“The effect of psychology on disease should never be underestimated.” (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) It is well documented in the medical literature as the placebo effect. Feeling better should not be dismissed in cancer treatment. Vegetarianism will do no harm and it may do some good.
But it is in cancer prevention that the benefits of vegetarianism are most thoroughly documented. A diet which contains many soya-based products has been shown to be associated with a minimal risk of cancer. Breast cancer is exceedingly rare among women who eat a soy-based diet. Vegetarianism is the soy-based diet par excellence.
Diets which are high in meat, especially red meat like beef, have been shown to be associated with a higher incidence of colon cancer. Animal fat may also be associated with a higher level of breast cancer in younger women. Dairy products may be associated with an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.
A vegetarian diet alone can never eliminate the risk of cancer because there are so many environmental and genetic factors involved. But it can reduce the risk because it is high in fruit and vegetables that contain substances called flavonoids and other antioxidants that destroy the free radicals which can cause cancer.
Free radicals are molecules that damage the DNA of cells. We are exposed to free radicals through pollution as well as diet, so they are almost impossible to avoid. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) “But by eating a vegetarian diet that is rich in fruit in vegetables we can help our bodies to resist their effects.” (“Benefits Of Being a Vegetarian: Vegetarianism and Cancer …”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
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