Seitan – A Dukan Diet Protein for Vegans & Vegetarians
Answer : Hi! The good news is that you can have Quorn as long as it’s not already cooked one such as Quorn sausages for example as these may contain some extra fat or other ingredients not suitable for your diet. You can also have some tofu, some seitan, some shirataki noodles…. Bon appetit!
Today my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to find out what seitan was and I was very surprised.
I expect almost without exception any vegans and vegetarians reading this post know exactly what seitan and now that you know that you can add seitan to your list of approved proteins that you can eat you might not want to read any further!!
So what is seitan
Seitan is a vegetable protein source made from wheat gluten which is high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrate which is why it is suitable for the Dukan Diet. It is brown and has a firm, meaty texture. It is also cholesterol free and is also known as “kofu”, “wheat meat” or “gluten”.
You make it by washing dough made with wheat flour in water, until all the starch has been washed away leaving just insoluble gluten, which then needs to be cooked before it can be eaten.
Seitan is used as an alternative to tofu and other vegetable based meat substitutes and it originates from China, but it has long been popular in Japan and many other Asian countries. It is a popular food with Buddhists who do not eat meat and those who follow a macrobiotic diet.
An average three ounce serving of seitan has 130 calories, 20 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fat, and 0.5 grams of saturated fat.
Where can you find seitan
You can buy ready made seitan in vacuum sealed pouches in the refrigerator section of health food or Asian food stores or you can make your own seitan with wheat gluten flour.