#veganproblems: Vitamin B-12

vitamin-b-12I’m a vegan for health reasons. I believe a plant-based diet is the key to a healthy and vibrant life.

If you eat a well-balanced vegan diet, you’re definitely getting all of the nutrients your body needs. Despite common misconceptions, most vegans can get enough protein, iron, and calcium by eating a variety of veggies each week.

So why are vegans always freaking out about B-12?

B-12 comes from bacteria and promotes healthy red blood cells and a healthy nervous system. When animals eat this bacteria, they become a source of the vitamin. Even though many vegans choose to take a B-12 supplement, you can ensure you maintain enough in your diet by regularly incorporating any one of these vegan sources:

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Transitional Tool: “Nacho Nooch”

noochWhen you go vegan, people will start to frequently say two things to you: “Where do you get your protein?!” and “I could never live without cheese!”

While vegans have tons of options when it comes to protein from super grains like quinoa to powerful beans like red lentils, finding a replacement for cheese can be much more difficult.

When I saw the amazing documentary, Forks Over Knives,  I learned that dairy-products contain animal protein known as casein that breaks apart in our digestive system as various opiates. Since casein has been directly linked to tumor growth, the fact that it makes us feel so good and our bodies crave more and more of it presents a serious problem. Yup, forget about Oreos, cheese is one seriously dangerous drug. 

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