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11 Dec, 2011 12:59 AM


I am a vegetarian and am going to try the Rosedale diet. I see that tofu and veggie burgers are listed as protein sources. Are there any "chicken" substitutes you would recommend like textured soy protein, quorn, gardein etc...? Please respond! I need help! There are carbs in all of them so not quite sure what to look for exactly...Thanks!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 12 Dec, 2011 09:03 AM

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    It would be very important to read the labels. First thing, carbohydrates - fiber = sugar. If the burger is 4 or 5 or less, that would be ok, but often it will be quite a bit more.

    • Also check the ingredients, for sucrose, soybean oils, etc. Feel free to take a photo of the label and the ingredients if you are not quite sure, and we will give you are thoughts on it. Most vegetarians have a hard time getting 'quality' proteins, as most are mixed in with high carbohydrates. Not sure if you eat eggs or not, but they are a wonderful source of perfect protein and fats, or whey protein if you do not eat eggs.
  2. 2 Posted by cmcallison on 12 Dec, 2011 04:35 PM

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    Thanks so much for your response...
    I have been reading labels but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I attached a pic of the nutrition info for Gardein Chik'n Scallopini which I eat a couple times per week. Would love to see what you think. I do eat eggs as a source of protein but am unwilling to eat any meat for this diet or any other so I really appreciate your response to this question! According to your formula (carbohydrates - fiber = sugar), it seems that this source would be ok to eat. 4-2 =2!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fiona on 12 Dec, 2011 04:41 PM

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    No need to eat meat as you have a great source with the eggs. 2 net carbs sounds great, will check out the label this afternoon when at a computer.

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  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Fiona on 12 Dec, 2011 10:25 PM

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    looks good, curious what the ingredients are..

  5. 5 Posted by cmcallison on 12 Dec, 2011 11:06 PM

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    Thanks Fiona!

    Here is a link to their website. Click on Chick'n scallopini and let me know what you think. There are definitely some no no's on there but I'm hoping it's in small enough quantities...

  6. 6 Posted by cmcallison on 13 Dec, 2011 11:22 PM

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    Thanks Fiona!

    Here is a link tho their website...
    Click on chicken scallopini and let me know what you think!

  7. 7 Posted by cmcallison on 13 Dec, 2011 11:35 PM

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    Here is a pic of the ingredients. I tried to post 2 previous times with a link to their website but it doesn't seem to show up for some reason. Let me know what you think!

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Fiona on 14 Dec, 2011 02:41 AM

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    Actually looks good, only that soy protein has been shown to cause heart disease compared to other proteins. It is a balancing act for sure, your body needs to get enough good protein or it will break down your muscle and bone to get it.

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