Health: Getting Enough B12?

Published by: Joe Esposito on Saturday March 1st, 2014

Joe Esposito

One important issue is the question of vitamin B12 and how much supplementation, if any, is needed in a totally plant-based diet. While some studies show adequate B12 in fruits, especially organic fruits, and that no supplementation is needed, be on the safe side and make sure you have a reliable source of B12 in your diet. What is the best source? Inexpensive and great-tasting nutritional yeast, which contains B12 (read the ingredients on the label to be sure you have good quality yeast).

Unlike other kinds of yeast that may cause infections and other health problems, you’ll have no problems with nutritional yeast. Not only is it a great source for the entire B complex, it’s loaded with many other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids- the building blocks of all proteins. It comes in a flaky, powdery form and is great sprinkled on salad, popcorn, pasta, and rice dishes, pizza and soups. Be sure to add it after the food is cooked because cooking it can destroy much of its nutritional value. With a n almost cheese-like flavor, it’s not only good for your, but can be used as a seasoning. Add about one tablespoon of nutritional yeast to your child’s and your own food two to three times per week for all the B12 you need. Other good sources of B12 are fortified almond or coconut milk or a B12 supplement.

Did you know?

  • An affordable plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse many of the top killers in the Western world
  • The USDA’s most recent guidelines have taken a step in the right direction by recommending a shift to a plant-based diet.
  • The #1 killer in the US- heart disease- seems to be effectively treated with a plant-based diet
  • A plant-based diet can also help in averting and slowing many cancers.