A note on B12

B12

The one essential vitamin you can’t get from vegetables is B12. However that doesn’t mean you can’t get it on a plant-based diet. I have never struggled to reach my daily intake of B12 as these days lots of vegan foods are fortified with it. Vegan butters, milks and spreads have B12 in them and most commonly MARMITE! Hopefully you like marmite… I’m personally a big fan! Nutritional yeast is another easy source of B12 and you can add it to all sorts; stir it in your sauces, mix into your soups and sprinkle it on your pasta for extra nutritional goodness. So it’s not at all hard to get this vitamin in your body. However it is recommended to take a supplement of B12, whether you eat meat or not, because you don’t want to run out of supply to your red blood cells! I have tried out a few different vitamin tablets and to be honest, I don’t take them religiously, as I don’t feel I need to, but I am sure to take them a few times a week. It’s a personal thing really, you know your body, but just make sure you are getting B12 into your diet. In case you don’t know what it is, here is a picture of “Nutritional Yeast” which you can buy in health food stores like H&B. As it’s such a versatile ingredient, I highly recommend having this in your cupboard:

My vitamin of choice at the moment is the VEG1 Multivitamin tablet, which includes a good dose of B12, Selenium, Iodine, Folic acid, Vitamin D3, B2 and B6. It comes in two flavours, orange and blackcurrant. It is a chewable tablet that is suitable for adults and for children. (The dose for children is half a tablet a day). But it really is trial and error as there are lots of different options out there, you are bound to find one you like and you can’t put a price on your health as they say.