You might be thinking that I am asking if you have had your daily dose of….
Well…. today I am not actually talking about any of these although I have had my dose of everything on that list besides sugar. If I could I would have a big ol’ bowl of froyo sent to me from YoghurtLand in Los Angeles. I have had my endorphin and sweat session from my morning Bikram Yoga Class, which was day 24 of my 30-day challenge! My Veggie dose was consumed in my lunchtime salad and my caffeine fix was cured by a beautiful soy cappuccino with cinnamon, of course.
I would like to discuss the importance of a daily dose of Vitamin B12 especially among vegetarians and vegans. Most vegetarians and vegans believe that “plant foods provide all the nutrients necessary for optimal health” (accessed: 25 May 2011) Vegan Helath.org/articles/vitaminb12). While actually most people are neglecting to contribute Vitamin B12 into a vegetarian or vegan diet, which can lead to a vitaminB12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is very important to add to your daily diet because it helps support the nervous system and can result to blindness, deafness, dementia, fatigue and tingling in the hands or feet. For instance, I have felt particularly sluggish, tired and exhausted and because I have a vegetarian diet I assumed that I was iron deficient, so I went out and got my iron levels tested to find that I was only slightly deficient. I started taking iron supplements to find myself a month down the road still tired, still sluggish and still exhausted all the time. After further research and reading an article about a common issue that many vegans and vegetarians can face on a plant-based diet was a lack of Vitamin B12 in the diet.
For those of you with who might think they are getting their fix of B12 from Nutritional Yeast, which is inactive yeast that is yellow in colour and has a nutty cheesy flavor. You might want to check again because Nutritional Yeast needs to be labeled as B12 fortified in order it have the maximum benefits.
After obtaining this information I immediately purchased a B12 supplement and have almost felt the effects immediately. No more afternoon nana naps for me.
You are most likely unaffected if you have been a typical meat-eater for your entire life and have enough stored B12 to prevent any deficiency. The protection of B12 can help homocysteine levels, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.
However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan like myself you should go out and get yourself a B12 Supplement or try out some recipes with Vitamin B12 fortified nutritional yeast.
To get your B12 dose try this Vegan “Cheese’’ Sauce:
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup millet flour (gluten-free!)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp ground mustard
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp vegan margarine (ex. Earth Balance)
To Prepare: Mix all dry ingredients together in a small saucepan. Mix water and butter together and microwave for 2 minutes to melt and combine. Slowly pour water and butter into saucepan with dry ingredients while whisking (to avoid lumps). Heat saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat until thickened – keep whisking! Once thickened, pour over vegetables or pasta and enjoy!
Now that you have educated yourself in the importance of Vitamin B12 I can now move on to some fun in the form of FOOD PORN. Don’t worry this is a PG Blog.
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