Q: I am a 26 year old vegetarian. Four months back, I have taken up on a year-long weight loss programme at a gym. I have been eating dried walnut and almonds and sprouted seeds since the last 15 days because of the high protein content, but I get pitta [acidity]
Is it because I am having these things for the first time? Is it okay to continue having dry fruits and sprouted seeds daily? Are they good for elders too? If yes, how much and when is the recommended intake?
—Rashmi via website
A: Sprouts, in the raw form, can often cause gas and acidity. Steam the sprouts lightly till they are semi-cooked for better digestion. There is no real need to eat too many dry fruits daily—just two walnuts and 2 – 3 almonds every day are more than enough. Even that is not compulsory. Try to go for a brisk 45 minutes morning walk daily, as it will improve your digestion. Also, drink at least 1 – 1.5 litres water daily. This helps the body to flush out the fibre from the raw foods we eat. If you still feel bloated, consume less sprouts. I would not recommend having either sprouts or dry fruits in large quantities on a daily basis for the elderly, especially if they have digestive issues.
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