You have to take all these supplements to be healthy?
(Note: My bf asked and I started to wonder myself.) Any thoughts? Many nonvegans/omnis are healthy without taking vitamins pills (yet many of them are…) But that’s not the point. I want to know, why be vegan if you can’t get all the nutrition from what (all the vegan food) you eat?
Not necessarily. B12 is the biggest concern, but you can find it in foods and not just capsules. Nutritional yeast and even soy-milk with other foods like cereals and nondairy milks have been fortified with this necessary nutrient.
Additionally, I attend a well-funded university that is attached to a major hospital, and even our health science educators occasionally get things wrong (and then you go up to them and discuss it and they usually change their information to suit a better understanding) or have heavy biases.
@tofulife “If you are finding peer-reviewed sources that state that people can live a healthy life without B12 for 20 years or more then great” No, I don’t think you’re understanding what I just said. I said they were alive, not healthy, just alive. (Please feel free to read what I wrote again).
I’m just saying that b12 deficiency does not kill you within 5 years, as you had stated.
@VeganCaramel, If you are finding peer-reviewed sources that state that people can live a healthy life without B12 for 20 years or more then great, but I was just saying what I learned in the nutrition courses I took in college. Also, of course getting your vitamins and minerals from food sources is the best option because you get the phytonutrients and fiber along with the desired vitamin and obviously our bodies are not meant to be breaking down tablets. However, if a person doesn’t have a good diet than they should take supplements or a multivitamin to get some nutrients that they should be getting from their diet but don’t. There are also people who cannot absorb certain vitamins or minerals from food sources and have to take supplements and even then their body cannot absorb the nutrient and they then have to get injections to stay healthy. Like anything else, it all really depends on the individual’s body; Some people may not absorb the vitamin from a pill and some do. It also depends on the quality of the vitamin a person purchases.