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Introduction to Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?

Introduction to Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?. Does Vitamin B12 Matter? There are two types of B12 deficiency: mild and overt. Overt B12 Deficiency: B12 protects the nervous system. Without it, permanent damage can result (e.g., blindness, deafness, dementia). Fatigue, and tingling in the hands or feet, can be early signs of deficiency. B12 also keeps the digestive system healthy. Mild B12 Deficiency: By lowering homocysteine levels, B12 also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other diseases. Vegans and near-vegans who do not supplement with vitamin B12 have consistently shown elevated homocysteine levels. See the section Homocysteine, B12, Vegetarians, and Disease. B12 is generally found in all animal foods (except honey). The overwhelming consensus in the mainstream nutrition community, as well as among vegan health professionals, is that plant foods do not provide vitamin B12. (Luckily, vitamin B12 is made by bacterial fermentation such that it does not need to be obtained from animal products.) Despite this, some vegan advocates still believe that “plant foods provide all the nutrients necessary for optimal …

Banana Berry French Toast

Who says vegans can’t enjoy French Toast?  This recipe proves that you don’t need eggs to create this scrumptious breakfast treat.  Enjoy! Makes 6 servings Ingredients 1½ cups soy milk or other non-dairy milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp pure vanilla extract ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp allspice 1 tbsp sugar 6 slices of french bread cut into ¾” slices 2 ripe bananas (sliced) 1 pint + 1 cup strawberries ¼ cup pure maple syrup ¼ cup powdered sugar (extra for dusting) Earth Balance margarine as needed for frying Directions In a medium bowl mix the soy milk, flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and sugar until well blended and foamy.  Pour mixture into a cake pan and soak sliced bread in the batter. Heat the Earth Balance in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Fry each slice of batter covered bread until golden brown. Place 1 cup of sliced strawberries and ¼ cup powdered sugar  in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth. Pour strawberry mixture into a …

Classic Potato Salad (Vegan Style)

Who isn’t a fan of potatoes?  One of the ultimate comfort foods not only taste great, but are low in calories and packed with Vitamin C and B-6. Potato salad may seem like a summer picnic treat, but when it taste this good – it’s hard to wait! Classic Potato Salad And there you have it, a quick and easy recipe for one hearty potato salad!  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds unpeeled white potatoes 4 strips vegan ‘bacon’ 2 celery ribs, chopped 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish 3 tablespoons mined white onion ¾ cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Veganaise – available at Whole Foods) 1 tablespoon soy milk or soy creamer 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon mustard ½ teaspoon sea salt Fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Cut potatoes into small cubes and add to salted boiling water.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside to cool. In a large skillet, brown the ‘bacon’ strips and set aside. In a small bowl, add the mayo, salt, pepper, soy milk, mustard …