#ASK THE EXPERT
Going Vegan: What You Need To Know

Thinking of starting on a plant-based diet? Here are some practical tips.

By Sasha Gonzales      19 April 2021

Q: Beans are a big part of the vegan diet but how can we prepare them to make them more digestible?

Rohini: Flatulence and gas-induced discomfort are not unusual after eating beans. You’ll find beans easier to digest if you introduce them gradually into your diet, to get your gut bacteria used to them, and just build your tolerance over time. Second, rinse canned beans before using them, or, if using uncooked beans, soak and sprout them overnight before cooking. Third, cook your beans until they’re soft and easy to mash with a fork – undercooked beans can lead to tummy discomfort. Fourth, grate ginger onto cooked beans – it’ll relax the muscles in your digestive tract. Finally, eat mindfully and slowly. Chewing your food down to a pulp before swallowing makes it easier to digest.

Q: Is there anyone for whom the vegan diet might be unsuitable?

Rohini: According to the British Dietetic Association, “well planned plant-based and vegan diets can support healthy living at every age and life stage” and we know that millions of people are thriving on this way of eating. 

Get more nutrition tips on Rohini’s website: www.rohinibajekal.com

Note: A vegan diet might not be suitable for everyone. Please consult your physician before starting on a vegan diet plan. 

Have you tried going on a vegan diet? Share your experience with us at magnsman@sph.com.sg!


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