4 Good Reasons Not to Eat Seitan

June 22, 2017
Seitan - Dr. Axe

Often called “wheat protein,” “wheat meat” or “wheat gluten,” seitan (pronounced say-tahn) has a look and texture shockingly similar to meat when it’s cooked, and its alternative namesakes are quite fitting since it’s made from gluten, the main protein found in wheat. Most of the commonly consumed meat substitutes are made from soy, but seitan does not contain any soy whatsoever. Are you still wondering: What is seitan? It’s literally one ingredient: wheat gluten.

If you have celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder where the consumption of gluten leads to significant damage to the small intestine, then you absolutely want to steer clear of seitan. If you’re sensitive to gluten, you’ll also want to avoid it. What about everyone else? Wheat gluten is a highly allergenic protein, which is why I strongly believe that seitan is not truly a health food and should be avoided by not only gluten avoiders, but everyone — and following are four reasons why.

4 Reasons to Not Eat Seitan

1. Gluten City

So again, seitan is the gluten component of wheat. It’s purely gluten. So for anyone who has celiac disease, a gluten sensitivity or is just generally looking to reduce the amount of gluten in his or her diet, this is not a food you want to eat.

Gluten-free recipes are super popular these days. Everyone seems to be trying to reduce gluten intake. People are even cutting out food products that have very small amounts of gluten. Well, seitan is atop of the list when it comes to gluten-heavy foods. You literally can’t get more gluten-centric than a meat substitute purely made from wheat gluten.

2. Not a Complete Protein

Seitan and lean meat may have similar amounts of protein, but they’re by no means equatable. Seitan does not contain all of the essential amino acids while meat contains all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need to function. Seitan might be a protein food, but it cannot be classified as a complete protein. (1)

Why are amino acids important? Our bodies require amino acids in order to create proteins that repair body tissue, enable growth and break down food. Amino acids also assist with muscle control, muscle tissue formation and protection of the body’s nervous system. In addition, they increase the production of growth hormones in the body, such as testosterone. It’s clearly highly important that we all consume foods rich in amino acids on a regular basis.

3. Allergy Promoting?

Seitan recently made a recent list of “7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat.” Many health experts stay away from seitan because, like me, they really don’t believe it to be a healthy form of protein. Wheat gluten is a highly allergenic protein. When you consume most wheat-centric products, like wheat bread, there is naturally going to be a small amount of wheat gluten present. What’s more concerning is when you see “wheat gluten” added to the bread. This definitely means that the gluten content is higher. Commercial bakers typically like to add a lot of extra gluten to their products, especially whole wheat breads, since whole wheat flour has a lower gluten density than white flour.

When it comes to seitan, you just get a mega dose of wheat gluten. There might not be seitan-specific research yet, but it’s hypothesized that eating gluten-heavy foods like seitan may increase gluten allergies and gluten intolerance symptoms. If you don’t already have a problem with gluten or wheat, you certainly don’t want to consume anything to promote one.

Once you have a food allergy or sensitivity to gluten or wheat, whenever you consume a product containing these ingredients it’s going to trigger inflammation in your body — and as I always try to remind my readers, inflammation is at the root of most diseases.

4. High Sodium Content

Most people who eat seitan probably don’t make it at home. They most likely eat it at restaurants or buy it pre-made at the store. This seitan is almost definitely an ultra-processed food. These highly processed versions are typically hazardously high in sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and a host of other health problems.

For example, a half cup of one pre-made seitan contains 576 milligrams of sodium. (2) That’s about 25 percent of your daily allowance right there. These overly processed seitans typically contain other filler ingredients that may or may not be bad for your health (like sugar). So unless someone is making seitan at home, it most likely is going to be loaded with unhealthy additives, and that’s not healthy for anyone, especially if you already struggle with hypertension or heart problems.


Four reasons not to eat seitan - Dr. Axe


What Is Seitan + Seitan Nutrition

Seitan is a word of Japanese origin that when roughly translated it means “made of proteins.” It’s created by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving only the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic, taffy-like mass. This mass is then cut into pieces and cooked before being eaten. That’s seitan. It truly is straight-up wheat gluten. It’s quite dense, which makes it more similar to meat than the other meatless proteins, and it has a neutral flavor and tends to absorb flavors well.

Vital wheat gluten is the natural protein found in wheat. It’s commonly used to create seitan. It’s also used in bread recipes — it’s what makes the bread rise. Historically, seitan has been very common in Japan and China as well as other East and Southeast Asian countries. It’s said that wheat gluten came about as an edible product when it was first used as an ingredient for Chinese noodles in the sixth century. (3)

Commercial production of this form of wheat gluten began in 1962 by the Marushima Shoyu Co., which created its seitan product for George Ohsawa and his students. (4) Ohsawa is the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy. Today, you can easily find seitan in vegetarian dishes in China and around the world. It’s especially popular as a meat substitute for Buddhist vegetarians. 

Unless you make it from scratch, the majority of seitan that you buy in stores or eat out at restaurants contains some other ingredients in addition to gluten. Spices are common ingredients in seitan, which isn’t concerning, but other fillers can be added as well. Some may be healthy, but some may not be so healthy. An example of one product sold as “seitan” contains: water, vital wheat gluten, red beans, sprouted lentils, brown sugar, sea salt, spices and garlic.

Pure vital wheat gluten has one ingredient — wheat gluten— and a quarter cup contains about: (5)

  • 120 calories
  • 4 grams carbohydrates
  • 23 grams protein
  • 0.5 gram fat
  • 1 gram fiber
  • 1.8 milligrams iron (10 percent DV)
  • 20 milligrams calcium (2 percent DV)

Seitan nutrition is really only impressive for its protein content and decent iron content, but it’s really not a health food, as I’ve laid out.

In addition, one ounce of most vital wheat gluten contains about: (6)

  • 104 calories
  • 3.9 grams carbohydrates
  • 21 grams protein
  • 0.5 gram fat
  • 0.2 gram fiber
  • 11.1 micrograms selenium (16 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams iron (8 percent DV)
  • 72.8 milligrams phosphorus (7 percent DV)
  • 39.8 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram copper (3 percent DV)
  • 7 milligrams magnesium (2 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligram zinc (2 percent DV)

Better Alternatives to Seitan 

Tempeh is a much better meatless protein source than seitan because it’s actually health-promoting. What is tempeh? It’s a traditional fermented soy food originating from Indonesia. Whole soybeans are soaked, dehulled and partly cooked before going through a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that then binds the soybeans into a cake form. This tempeh cake is then typically cut into slices or cubes before use. Tempeh’s fermentation process and use of the whole soybean give it a higher content of protein vitamins and minerals.

If you come across some delicious-sounding seitan recipes, tempeh can make a great substitute for that glutenous seitan. When you’re considering tempeh vs. tofu, always choose tempeh. Unfermented soy products like tofu are extremely health-hazardous. It’s the fermentation process that can make soy a health food, as is the case with tempeh.

Another better alternative to vital wheat gluten is the fermented soy superfood known as natto. The key this fermented food’s health benefits is that very fermentation. Natto is created by soaking whole soybeans, then steaming or boiling them, and afterward adding the bacteria Bacillus subtilis to the mixture. It’s then allowed to ferment over time. Natto definitely has a smell (like cheese) and a texture (very gooey) that can be hard to get used to for some, but once you do get accustomed to natto’s uniqueness, it can become an excellent source of protein in your next meal.

Traditionally in Japan, natto is a eaten at breakfast along with rice, miso soup and fish. One of the easiest and most common ways to include natto in your diet is to add it to rice dishes after cooking so you don’t destroy the good bacteria. You can also add it to salads and noodle dishes. Natto adds not only vegan-approved protein to a meal, but it also adds a very unique flavor, probiotics, and many vital nutrients, including vitamin K, vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6.

Final Thoughts on Seitan

Seitan may be free of meat and also free of soy, but it’s made of something else that so many people are trying to avoid for the sake of their health these days: gluten. You can’t find a more gluten-centric food than seitan, which is purely wheat gluten. If you have a wheat allergy, gluten allergy or both, seitan is truly a dangerous choice of protein for you.

If you don’t have these allergies already, seitan might bring them on since wheat gluten is such a highly allergenic food. If you are a meat eater, you’re much better off sticking with high-quality meat like grass-fed beef, which is a complete protein (unlike seitan) providing your body with essential amino acids as well as anti-inflammatory fatty acids. If you don’t eat meat, I really hope you will turn to healthier meatless options like tempeh or natto.

Seitan may provide protein and a couple of nutrients, but it’s way too commonly allergy-promoting and often overly processed to be considered a healthy option.

Read Next: What Is Tofu? 8 Reasons to Not Eat This ‘Healthy’ Vegan Product

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  1. Erin Glasser on

    Wow. Biased much? No mention of the dangers of soy. No proof that Seitan can cause allergies in people without current gluten allergies. We can’t all eat soy. The most popular brand of Seitan sold in grocery stores, Westsoy, does not have any negative additives that you seem to be trying to scare people with. It could’ve been an informative and helpful article that you used weird scare tactics instead. Crappy journalism

    • Paul on

      I hear ya! This article demonizes an otherwise healthy meat alternative and encourages fear. It’s extremely and unnecessarily negative

  2. Paul on

    Many people thrive on wheat and gluten, the only amino missing in gluten is lysine which is introduced when the gluten is cooked in soy sauce, making seitan a complete protein food. You obviously love soy and hate gluten. I love gluten and hate soy. Soy has a large hormonal impact on humans as I unfortunately have discovered. In short I agree to disagree with you that gluten and seitan are unhealthy. The wheat /gluten hysteria is out of control.

  3. Dee on

    I think it’s really misleading to say that meat is a complete protein when scientific research says the exact opposite. Vegetables are complete proteins. Do some more research love, if you want people to be healthy they shouldn’t eat animal flesh, nor by products, at all.

  4. Jaye on

    Tell you what, I’ll stick to my plant-based diet and you take your pound of dead rotting flesh from the food companies who have a vested interest in the content of your ‘ nutrition’ course.

  5. Michelle on

    You’re actually saying people shouldn’t eat seitan because they might be allergic?? Should we by ear peanuts either? Come on, aside from the very, very few actual celiacs out there, very few people have adverse reactions to gluten and the whole gluten free thing is a fad created by (predominantly) one book. Check your facts instead of writing things like “probably” and “a study”. Who’s study? How many in the cohort group? Seriously, shame shame. How about writing about if it’s not a complete protein here’s how to complete it?

    • PJG on

      I agree this article sucks, but you are full of BS yourself. Check your facts instead of writing things like “the whole gluten free thing is a fad”. Who decided that? You? What corner of your rectum did you pull that “fact” from?? Seriously, shame shame. How about writing about if it’s a fad here’s how you “know” it?

      • Seraphim on

        Well I mean, it is a fad, a fad that completely undermines people that legitimately have an intolerance to Gluten/Wheat. Like the idiot who wrote this article.

  6. Tony on

    What a ridiculous article. There’s nothing wrong with eating gluten if you don’t have an intolerance to it. Period.

    I get it’s ‘trendy’ to go gluten free for no other reason than because it’s the current food fad. Blogs like this are instilling a nervousness about food that people who don’t know better take as the truth. When it’s not.

  7. Candace on

    Still waiting on reasons why not to eat seitan. Stupidest article I have ever read. Dr. Axe is obviously an uninformed critic, as I see his next article is on why not to eat tofu, both seitan and tofu has been eaten for centuries. He could at least attempt to write a decent article, stating the sparse “facts” twice, one in a colored box with bold font may make the article longer, but only by repetition. Total waste of time.

  8. Bob on

    Did you really just say that seitan was not a complete protein because a lack of amino acids? Then try to infer it’s better to eat meat simply because it has amino acids!? Jeez how bout you mention the hundreds of anti biotics as well as other chemicals that are fed to animals that people then consume? Animals are the number one consumer of gmo foods! Your article on the soybean being the root of all evil specifically says how everyone should avoid gmos! I guess it’s a good mix of rotting animal flesh and chemicals that equal a healthy mix! Fear mongering at its finest!

  9. Jayjay on

    Funny! Autoimmune disorders are often caused by animal products. Inflammation is awful, I agree, however meat and dairy cause inflammation in our bodies. I eat a plant based diet now and my autoimmune disorder is in remission (because they say there’s no cure) and I eat things I once thought I couldn’t, like gluten! I make my own seitan and enjoy it a couple times a week! No more bloating, cramps, or digestive issues! Re-took some tests at my Drs office and she was surprised! She explain that because I had inflammation from meat and dairy my body was overworked trying to fix it that when I ate foods containing gluten it was too much for my body to handle. Wheat and/or gluten is not a problem for me any longer! Also you referenced a article to not eat tofu..not going to bother since it’s most likely poorly written with lack of evidence. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism years ago and was on meds for 10 years and avoided all the bad foods like soy but went plant based and soy is a stable from milk, yogurt, and tofu. Guess what?? I no longer need meds!! My thyroid functions normally now…..wonder why that is?? Dairy contains way more hormones that soy, why not write an article about the dangers of having cow breast milk? I am in no way saying that everyone who eats a plant based diet will have similar outcomes, but overall is the healthiest! My sister reduced her thyroid meds from 125mcg to 88mcg so I wonder is soy really the one that disrupts?

  10. seez on

    So much bullshit misinformation on one page! How about stop being a fucking parasite; leaching the resources of the planet as efficiently as possible and dragging down anyone who suggests otherwise and just let people eat plants?!?

  11. SEAN on

    This is a deceptive article. Seitan is only missing 1 amino acid that is found in meat. Lysine can be obtained from other non meat sources. (Nuts, broccoli, tofu) It doesn’t even need to be eaten at the same meal.

  12. Sandy Weaver on

    Seitan has more than one ingredient. If you buy a clean source of wheat gluten and you don’t have a problem with gluten it’s actually a good clean source of protein introduced by the little known but healing macrobiotic diet. I make my own seitan and I also put with it, among other things, garbanzo bean flour. So you are spreading mis-information about what it really is.

    Soy with it’s estrogenic properties can be cancer causing.

  13. rachel on

    pfff! I totally disagree with this article.
    – eat seitan accompanied by lentils or red beans+ rice and vegetables and you have all the amino acid needed.
    – when there is no allergy to gluten, there is no risk to eat it.
    -you can make your own seitan and it won’t be loaded of bad things

    besides nobody eats seitan on a daily basis, but bread or other things like that yes.
    People can alternate with tofu, legumes (lentils, red beans …), nuts etc …

  14. Doyouknowwhogobloxis Eyewilltellyouwhogobloxis on

    You are fueling the fatty meat eating fires. Most people have no problems with gluten and those who do are full of if

  15. Jim on

    Gee thanks, now I’m off to take out my frustrations from reading your repetitive, fact-free clickbait by eating an extra large portion of seitan.

  16. Ray on

    At least you admit there is zero evidence for these claims and only that “people hypothesize” blah blah blah. And this coming from the guy stating there’s even such thing as “leaky gut syndrome” which doesn’t exist. You really just need to go away.

  17. Olga on

    Sounds like a personal preference.
    I’m mildly intolerant to chicken – does that make eating chicken allergy promoting?
    It doesn’t have ALL amino acids, but has some! No one would eat JUST seitan and hope for the best. Just like no one would eat just tempeh.

  18. Minda on

    1. A lot of people are allergic.
    So what? Are peanuts unhealthy because “a lot of people are allergic”. One of the most shocking things about the number of gluten intolerant people is that there symptoms seem to improve even in placebo groups. Meaning some people have improvement in symptoms while still eating gluten. I’m not saying no one is allergic, I’m saying the numbers are exaggerated.

    2. It’s not a complete protein. So what? The only why that’s possibly a problem is if you only eat seitan. If you know these people, please let us know. If you are eating a healthy variety of foods. No problem.

    3. BUT PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC! See number one. Your 4 reasons are really 3.

    4. It can contain salt. So do all processed foods? Duh? One of the cheapest ways for producers of products sold by weight, like chicken, beef, pork etc is to inject them with salt water, to make them weight more. If you’re worried about you let sodium intake, make your own. Problem solved.

    This is a poor list of arguments.

  19. seitanist on

    so in other words, if you don’t have Celiac disease, eat other amino acids, and watch your salt, seitan is totally fine. Well this article actually convinced me to eat more seitan thanks

  20. Dustin Moore on

    This article is a bunch of BS. No mention of harmful animal protein which promotes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

      • Monica on

        Love this. This guy is a tool. “Gluten city”. Yeah? So what? I don’t have celiac, and gluten sensitivity is baloney. So Gluten city, here I come.

  21. Monica on

    Fake news much? First, who goes out to eat seitan lol? Pretty sure the vast majority of vegans/vegetarians choose to eat at home with storebought or home made seitan, as it’s extremely versatile, and one can control the sodium amount. Sodium isn’t high in vital wheat gluten, but one can add excess sodium when preparing seitan, as with any recipe. Second, seitan in and of itself isn’t a complete protein, but if you serve it with a legume or rice, you’ve got a complete protein. Pretty easy. Next, this whole “complete protein” thing is a myth. A myth that has been disproven. All plant foods typically consumed as sources of protein contain all the essential amino acids, and humans are virtually certain of getting enough protein from plant sources if they consume sufficient calories. The concept of incomplete proteins was researched and introduced by Frances Moore Lappé. It was later disproven and corrected, by Frances Moore Lappé herself. Lastly, soy is *HORRIBLE*. It contains phyto-estrogens which mimic estrogen in humans and are linked to cancer. I could go on about soy but I’d rather light a candle about VWG than curse your darkness about soy.

  22. AR on

    What a piece of garbage fear mongering article by another wannabe celebrity clown “doctor.” Unless you have celiac disease gluten is fine. Seitan is great and there’s nothing wrong in eating it 3-4 times a week. I wish people like this would just go away and stop spreading misinformation.

    • Karl Forehand on

      And, the complete protein thing is confusing to people. It just means that all the essential amino acids are not in that one food. Thing is, when people add beans to some seitan recipes, it probably makes it complete. All people have to do is eat a wide variety of foods.

  23. Candice on

    After eating seitan for the first time, within 24 hours I had patches of rashes on my face. For the past 7 days, I have been experiencing achy legs, arms and hands to the point where it’s painful. Also, my thinking is not clear – my mind has been very foggy and almost where I’m in a state of confusion.
    Could all these symptoms be from eating this seitan/having a reaction from a high dose of gluten? I’ve always eaten bread, pasta and cereals and never had a gluten problem.

    • Info on

      How did you ever muster the mind clarity to type this message? If this should be a true message I hope you were sitting in your doctor’s office, waiting to be seen, as you typed this…..

  24. Rosie Grubb on

    Hi Dr. Axe,
    I purchased Anthony’s Vital Wheat Gluten to make bread at home. We are on the Keto Diet and do not eat store bought breads anymore! Is this bad for us? We don’t have allergies or any health issues…

  25. Karl Forehand on

    Wheat (and most grains) don’t even start out as complete proteins anyway. As long as that is not the only thing you are eating, the complete protein things doesn’t matter. Just eat a wide variety of plant foods and you’ll get all the protein you need!

  26. Daena on

    I’m not buying it… I was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist and wheat gluten analog meats have been a staple in many homes for decades. Wasn’t it the Adventists in Loma LInda, California that was studied and had the lowest count of cancer and longest longevity in the US? That’s not by accident and I can certainly tell you that they all are not strict vegans as many make their own seitan the old way by rinsing the flour many times, but thankfully we now have ‘vital wheat gluten’ which makes it considerably easier to make seitan now. Advenstist have also been consuming Loma LInda/Worthington brand meat analogs which are for sale across the country, many eat eggs, cheese and drink milk as well. I’ve attended Adventist schools all my life and seitan in different forms is served for many meals. Soy is also used quite heavily in Adventist foods. I make my own seitan and I use nutritional yeast, Braggs amino acids, spices and it’s the best and healthiest food ever. Aside from the high protein count it also contains Riboflavin, B6, B12, Folate, Magnesium and fiber when combined with the nutritional yeast. Granted someone with a wheat allergy should be eating it, but those people are in the minority, the rest of us do just fine.

    • Lott on

      Daena, they aren’t proper vegans as they make seitan in the old way, washing flour? Of course they are vegan even if they do that! Wheat is not from an animal! Their use of eggs and cow milk though, is another story! I love my seitan too, have NO problems tolerating it!

  27. Henri khan on

    Ok so you’re saying not to eat seitan because it has the chance of raising the risk of gluten intolerance among other things.

    What does eating meat increase the risk of?

    I would like to hear your thoughts on how eating meat daily can increase the risks of certain cancers and diseases that are sweeping across this planet at alarming rates.

    You are a fear monger.

  28. Vashti on

    The Japanese eat more soy and unfermented tofu than any other culture on the planet and have the highest life expectancy in the world. Maybe we should be trying to eat more like them, not avoiding soy products. Stick to PubMed for peer-reviewed research, not webinars and blogs of “doctors” who have something to sell you.

  29. Charlie on

    Well, this is another badly-researched hatchet job on gluten from the evidence-free “natural health food” brigade.

    Wheat gluten is bad for you if you have coeliac disease or an intolerance – so (naturally) it makes sense to avoid it if you have a particular sensitivity. That’s no different from avoiding peanuts if you have a peanut allergy… so why healthy people should avoid eating wheat protein is beyond me. Especially when it’s based on unsound advice of some hooky pseudo-doctor who’s bought an online degree in bullshittery.

    It be really nice to actually see some proper evidence (i.e. properly executed research from a reputable medical journal) before these conclusions are espoused on daft health blogs for gullible people to read.

  30. Kathryn on

    After seeing your ‘healthy foods’ page, I think I’ll stick with my vegan diet. Not only is it healthy, it is kind to animals.

  31. Alex on

    This article is utterly BS. Been eating it since a kid and no issues with diet, allergies or anything. Been rowing competitively for years, dancing, mixed martial arts, swimming and running. Never had any issues in fact, converted some people to go vege and it has helped them improve in their discipline. All you need is a balanced diet, that’s it.

  32. exeter on

    wow, the yellow peril is back… if it every really left. Racism dressed up as pop nutrition.
    (and not even very current science at that)

  33. Dave Doyle on

    This is a load of crap. You’re demonising gluten for no good reason other than SOME people are allergic to it.

    So what?! I’m not. No problem there, then.

    Then you seem to be suggesting that meat is a healthier alternative. Have you considered that people who enjoy seitan DON’T eat meat? It also assumes that people aren’t getting amino acids elsewhere, like eggs – the best source of amino acids.

    The fact that you had to put a question mark on “allergy promoting?” speaks for itself.

    And I DO make my own seitan, so it’s not full of salt.

    Final Thoughts on Dr Axe: You’re a quack.

  34. satan on

    wow what an amazingly ignorant article. who is this as**ole? he looks like a total jerk and clearly he is. 1. wheat gluten does not cause allergic reaction in those with out a real gluten allergy. 2. maybe in your primitive northern european diet that considers a hunk of unseasoned meat to be a meal. gee whiz ma i just don’t understand how all these chinamen are living such long healthy lives when their food is so bad for you? 3. a repeat of the first ignorant point? huh? 4. 25% of your sodium needs is not a high sodium food. if you are eating three meals a day then that’s less than a third of your daily needs. making people afraid of sodium is not helping anyone. anyway. shameful and disgusting losers running this website. can’t wait for this guy to die from some typical white man disease.

  35. John Bentley on

    Don’t eat Seitan cause gluten has Gluten and everyone knows that we need to reduce the gluten we eat cause gluten has gluten in it. So look don’t gluten unless you want to have gluten in your diet and no one wants that.

  36. DeezNuts on

    The internet is the greatest thing because it gives everyone a voice and also the worst thing because it gives EVERYONE a voice. (Like this retard) Not going to argue because it would be like throwing a brick at a wall.

  37. Harry W Barnes on

    I was going to write an angry response to the misinformation in this article but I don’t need to. Everyone has done a fantastic job disputing his writing.

  38. K on

    This is so funny because it says 4 reasons but you literally just keep saying allergies over and over again. Very very few people are actually gluten intolerant. If your body CAN break down gluten (which is 99% of the worlds popularion) you don’t have to fear investing gluten! Why? Because your body can process it! This article is like saying “nobody should eat tomatoes because I’m allergic to tomatoes therefore they’re super dangerous and should be avoided by everyone”. Also there are millions of foods that aren’t complete proteins. Balanced diets take care of that.

    • Darren Murray, GingerBlokeBlog on

      And do not forget to mention that Oxygen is the fundamental molecule responsible for oxidation of nutrients in the body; very bad for you.

      Another good point about this poor article made K.

  39. Darren Murray, GingerBlokeBlog on

    Need I add to the comments largely damning this article? Yes I do.

    Indeed, those who are diagnosed with coeliac or gluten intolerance should stay away from seitan for the reasons mentioned, but the amount of misinformation on the web about gluten ingestion and its effects on perfectly healthy people without any such conditions is shocking and you have added to this noise.

    To say that seitan does not have a full Amino Acid profile is ridiculous, would you not say the same thing to any one idiotic enough to eat only one type of food regardless? As with anything, when eaten as part of a varied diet, the correct balance of AAs and other essential nutrients can be provided.

    To mention salt in seitan is disingenuous if you are not to place it in context with any other processed food.

    A very poor article, very poor.

  40. Papa Sancho on

    Looks and sounds like pseudoscience to me. You base all your apprehension off of the Cliac syndrome, which doesn’t actually address any “health risks” and then you go on to promote red meat, which is one of the most unhealthy foods on Earth.


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