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Vegans and B12

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Posted September 29, 2010 by peta2 staff

“But don’t you need to eat meat to get your Vitamin B12?”

Absolutely not.

Did you know that bacteria are responsible for producing B12?

In fact:

“All of the Vitamin B12 in the world ultimately comes from bacteria.  Neither plants nor animals can synthesize it.  But plants can be contaminated with B12 when they come in contact with soil bacteria that produce it.  Animal foods are rich in B12 only because animals eat foods that are contaminated with it or because bacteria living in an animal’s intestines make it.”

—From The Vegetarian Way: Total Health for You and Your Family (1996), Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, & Mark Messina, PhD p. 102

Now that’s food for thought!

So where can vegans get their B12? It’s in fortified foods (like cereals and energy bars), tempehseaweed, miso, nutritional yeast, spirulina, organic produce, and soil on unwashed vegetables.

There are also plenty of vitamin supplements you can choose from to meet your daily requirement—some in the form of candy even. :)

Have any other questions or concerns about vegan nutrition? Comment, and let us know!

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny



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  • Profile photo of johnie

    159 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If I can’t afford it to get my B12 levels checked, is it OK to take supplements? Also, is there such a thing as too much B12?

  • 581 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Baby vitamin drops Orthomol Vital bravo, seems to me, is a magnificent phrase

  • 1765 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good information :) everyone needs to stay informed

  • ali

    1765 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i had a full blood work up recently and had perfect levels of everything including high iron, high B12 and low cholesterol. my doctor seemed a little frustrated my nutritional status is so good as a vegan!

    nutritional yeast is not only easy and convenient, it tastes great. i even share mine with my dogs :-)

  • 1766 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We have it naturally – no need to consume it.

  • 1766 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is SO important for vegans to know! I like to throw a ton of b-12 fortified nutritional yeast on just about everything I eat. I also take a sublingual b-12 supplement every other day just to be safe.

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