Are you looking for a new and better way to get your vitamin B12 without eating meat or supplement? If so, this is where you’ll get your answer.
In this article:
What is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a is a water-soluble vitamin called methylcobalamin. There’s also other kinds of vitamin B12 called, adenosylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin.
Your body can’t create this nutrient by itself. This means you need to get it from food or supplements.
The Kind of Vitamin B12 You Want
The two kinds of vitamin B12 you want is methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin since these are the natural forms of vitamin B12. You don’t want cyanocobalamin since this is a synthetically created vitamin.
List of Vitamin B12 Benefits
- B12 could Give You an Energy Boost, so that You can Be Your own Best
- This Vitamin also Benefits Your Skin Nails and Hair, this way You don’t have to Spend All that Money on Expensive nail parlors
- B12 Could Prevent the Loss of Neurons in Your Brain, You can Now Avoid what Many suspects You can get- Dementia
- It could be Reducing Your Risk of Macular Degeneration, Keeping those Eagle Eyes of Yours
- Could Support those Bones of Yours, Keeping You Fit and Don’t actually “break a leg”
Are You Vitamin B12 Deficient?
It’s hard to say. Some people don’t eat enough food with B12 in it or don’t supplement with it to have enough. Another reason could be you have a problem absorbing the nutrient, even though you get enough with your diet.
Because of this, a B12 deficiency is relatively common, for older people especially.
How Many are B12 Deficient?
According to The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey’s estimation shows:
- 3.2 % of people over 50 years have a really, really low B12 level.
- Up to 20 % could have a borderline deficiency level.
40 % could be B12 Deficient
Important to note is the fact many different experts, and sources claim more people are deficient.
For example, Katherine Tucker is a nutritional epidemiologist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and she says:
“There is a question as to what the clinical cutoff for deficiency should be”.
Katherine Tucker was the study leader on one study that showed almost 40% of the population could be borderline deficient. This is if Framingham, Massachusetts gives us an inkling to what the rest of the US could be like.
With this in mind, we all should focus on keeping a diet that ensures us having enough of all that we need.
B12 Rich Foods- List
First, normally as many of you already know, vitamin B12 can be found in:
- Beef- A “no-no” if we want to “go green”
- Dairy Products- Not good for the environment
- Salmon- We have an overfishing problem. Also, it’s a toxic food.
Salmon can be extremely toxic and I’ve written an article where I talk about this subject called “INSECTS- FOOD FOR THE FUTURE OR THE PRESENT?“
Vitamin B12 Rich Foods for People Who Don’t Eat Meat
Typically, among my friends, I get a lot of questions when it comes to nutrition and health. This because, according to my friends, “I know this stuff”. Flattering as it is, I’m simply a person who tries to use empirical evidence, read studies then write about it.
That being said, I got the question: “What about vitamin B12 rich food for people who don’t eat meat?”
The answer is Cricket Powder
This is the simple answer, cricket powder. Yes, cricket powder is an animal product, since it comes from insects.
However, it’s environmentally friendly and is a nutritional powerhouse. Also, you don’t actually eat any meat. What you are is consuming flour that you can use to cook and bake with.
Our cricket powder contains B12. As a matter of fact, it contains 3790 % of the daily value per 100 grams.
B12 | Cricket Powder VS Beef
Imagine beef, which so many of us, despite the tremendous environmental cost, are told we should eat because of vitamin B12, is as a matter of fact not at all superior to cricket powder.
In fact, if we compare a 100 grams of beef to 100 grams of cricket powder, we see this:
- Beef= 6.2 mcg of B12
- Our Cricket powder= 91 mcg of B12
Needless to say, our cricket powder is by far the winner.
B12 Rich Foods for People Who Don’t Eat Meat- Conclusion
Considering the above, cricket powder or cricket foods are by far the best source of food if you don’t eat meat or fish for vitamin B12.
- It’s environmentally friendly, so we save our wonderful planet
- You can use cricket flour for cooking or baking, it’s versatile so you won’t get bored
- Besides all the B12, it’s full of complete proteins, this way you keep that energy of yours up (or if you want to build muscle)
If you wish to read more about vitamin B12 I’ve written another article called “DO CRICKETS CONTAIN VITAMIN B12?“.