Vegans and B12
“But don’t you need to eat meat to get your Vitamin B12?”
Did you know that bacteria are responsible for producing B12?
“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!
There are also plenty of vitamin supplements you can choose from to meet your daily requirement—some in the form of candy even.
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