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Brad, I'm betting that the primary ingredient in Vega that is upsetting your system is the inulin.
Try this to test my theory. Buy a Fiber One bar. It has 10 grams of fiber from inulin, so I think this is a pretty good control test.
For myself, I could eat one Fiber One bar a day and be fine, but if I had more than that, whoa, I had the symptoms you're talking about.
I agree with Jill that you should start small and try working yourself up to a full serving. If your symptoms are that severe, try mixing 1/2 scoop of Vega in your shake or smoothie and see how you do with that. You may also want to try some extra alpha-galactosidase, it's an enzyme that is used to help prevent gas when eating high-fiber foods like beans and cruciferous vegetables. This is the same active ingredient in Beano, but you can buy it by itself at the health-food store or your grocery store.
If you are able to handle the 1/2 scoop (which is 1/4 a normal serving), then you could work your way up from there. I know easing into it has helped me tons.
Also, as to IBS, have you tried Heather's Tummy Fiber? This stuff is AWESOME for IBS. You can get them online at http://www.helpforibs.com/shop/suplmts/acacia.asp?gclid=CKOTuK_3w6M... or at Amazon.com.
All the best,
I use it in conjunction with my own shakes.
Often people with IBD/IBS have very little tolerance for inulin (FOS), which is in the Vega. Their bodies can't break down the polysaccharides and this leads to bloating, cramps and multiple visits to the washroom. If this proves true for you, unfortunately having even just a little Vega will continue to cause you grief. Hope this helps in your quest for health.
Thanks for this info, Kelleigh! I was unaware that so many people with IBD/IBS had a problem with inulin. I also appreciate your letting us know why this is the case.
Personally, I never take more than half a serving at a time, and I do all right with that. The WFHO is so chock-full of goodness that I hate to miss out on it completely, even if I can't have a full serving everyday.
Jill, are there any plans to make a version of Vega without the inulin (FOS)??? Brendan seems sensitive to people with food allergies and sensitivities, so even though it wouldn't be his "exact" formulation without this, I would still hope that he and Sequel would consider it. I know I would MOST DEFINITELY purchase the product without the inulin over the product as is.
If there aren't any current plans to do this, perhaps you all could do some market research to see if it's a viable option.
Kelleigh said:Often people with IBD/IBS have very little tolerance for inulin (FOS), which is in the Vega. Their bodies can't break down the polysaccharides and this leads to bloating, cramps and multiple visits to the washroom. If this proves true for you, unfortunately having even just a little Vega will continue to cause you grief. Hope this helps in your quest for health.
Thanks for your feedback! If you're looking for a product without inulin, you could try Vega Shake & Go Smoothie: http://myvega.com/products/vega-shake-and-go/features-benefits. It has many of the same great base ingredients as the Whole Food Health Optimizer, without some of the supplements. Alternatively, you could try just a straight hemp protein...
I've passed along your suggestions, thank you - all the best!