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Hello everyone it's great to be here! I would like to ask if its true that once you are a vegetarian, you lack Vitamin B12 which can be found in meats only; please share your thoughts on this one
 

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Good to have you here!<br>
B12 is extremely important in the sense that a deficiency can cause irrepairable harm. The good news is how easy supplementing is. B12 is actually a bacteria that grows on plants, it's only sourced through animals as they're the only ones who don't wash it off! If you eat eggs, or milk (lacto/ovo) you'll get some there. If you're strict vegetarian or vegan, you'll find it in many cereals, soymilks, and nutritional yeast. They all vary, for example, the soymilk I regularly buy has 50% in 8 oz. I've seen it in other brands 20%. If you buy nutritional yeast, I've heard they all don't have it. I've only seen Red Star, and it's on the label. There's even gum and mints that contain it! I just found Stride has new ones with both B6 and B12- 25% B12! There's gum and mints at some natural food stores called B-fresh.<br>
I'm more concerned with D these days, so I do supplement that, and one calcium.<br><br>
You may want to check into the vitamin threads found here, and maybe track your diet with something like Sparkpeople.com. or fitday.com
 

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Hi silva thanks for the advice I will the check sites that you've mentioned above.
 

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Yeah, I mostly get B12 from my soy milk (Silk brand), though I also still eat cheese sometimes, so I'm sure I get some there, too. I also take a multi-vitamin once in a while (not really daily), which also includes B12.<br><br>
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I have a vegan multi-vitamin that has b12 in it, but along with it, I have cereals and non-dairy milk that are fortified with b12. Every once in a while I'll also have nutritional yeast sprinkled on my meal, or as a "cheese" sauce.
 
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