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Get Your B12 On a Vegan Diet

Posted Apr 14 2011 10:54am
vegan curry

Vegan curry with summer vegetables

Photo: Sara Novak

We’re more and more aware of the animal products that we eat nowadays and with good reason. It’s much easier on the planet. It takes 78 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef protein; 35 calories for 1 calorie of pork; 22 calories for 1 of poultry; but just 1 calorie of fossil fuel for 1 calorie of soybeans. It takes 3 to 15 times as much water to produce animal protein as it does plant protein. Read more reasons here .

Veganism takes it a step further by saying that not only is meat, poultry, and fish out but so is dairy, honey, or any product made using animals. This can even include gelatin, which is made with the bones of animals. But there are some places that vegetarians and especially vegans have to watch out. Just because you’re on a vegan diet doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Foods need not be processed, instead enjoy organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and beans.

It’s important to make sure that you include B12 in your diet. Vegetarians can get B12 from raw milk or organic milk but for vegans the only whole food source is spirulina and in my opinion, it’s best to ensure that you take a supplement to make sure that you’re getting your fill. Spirulina is a blue green algae that you can get in a powder or pill form. Buy the powder form and throw it into smoothies or oatmeal in the morning, though it does turn your food green.

The most common vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include tiredness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, and even depression.

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