Where do you get your B12?

Where do you get your B12?

When someone asks you, “Where do you get your B12?”, here’s what you can tell them.

We used to get our B12 from the microbes present in streams and other fresh water sources, as well as from dirt and feces on plant-based foods. Now that we chlorinate our drinking water and sanitize our foods, it kills and removes the microbes that carry B12.

It also kills the things that cause cholera, malaria and other diseases, so it’s a good thing, but that means we need to get our B12 from other sources, such as fortified foods like cereal, non-dairy yogurt and nutritional yeast. We can also get all we need from a cheap weekly supplement.

It’s important to note that many meat eaters are also deficient in B12. Meat isn’t a great source of B12 because we sanitize, pasteurize and cook animal products to kill harmful bacteria, which also kills the B12 microbes.

We sanitize, pasteurize & cook animals to kill bacteria. That kills B12 microbes, too. #vegan Click To Tweet

Finally, in addition to being deficient in B12, most meat eaters are also deficient in Fiber, Calcium, Iodine, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate and Magnesium because these nutrients are only found in plant foods, of which they consume very little.

So the next time someone asks you where you get your B12, tell them you get it from the same place they already do or should: B12 fortified foods and/or supplements. Then ask them where they get their Fiber, Calcium, Iodine, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate and Magnesium.

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