Thursday, September 16, 2010

Veggie Vitamin Deficiency?

Day 319

After initially reading Dave’s column that I posted here yesterday, I thought to myself if it would perhaps be better to be a flexitarian after November 2nd.

The main reason I would go back to eating some meat was the vitamin deficiency he brought up in his piece. Vitamin B-12, selenium, vitamin D, calcium and riboflavin were the ones in particular that he mentioned.

Vitamin B-12 can be obtained from dairy products and eggs. As I am not vegan now and will certainly be eating whole eggs again after November second this is covered.

Selenium? I can also find that in nuts, cereals and eggs, so that is covered too.

Vitamin D and calcium? Again, I am not vegan so vitamin D and calcium I can get from dairy products that I still consume or even a supplement which experts say are one of the few effective vitamins to take right now. My doctor even said back in June that a vitamin D supplement would be good to take as most people are lacking it anyway.

That leaves riboflavin which can be found in almonds, milk, cheese, leafy green vegetables, kidneys, legumes, tomatoes, yeast and mushrooms that can fill that need for me.

I guess I can stay veggie and be healthy. I just have to look around for the missing vitamins I need.

Additional source not hyperlinked above:

Higdon, Jane; Victoria J. Drake (2007). "Riboflavin". Micronutrient Information Center. Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

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  1. Jason, I'm a few months late in replying to this one but I think the main thing to worry about is B12, although 40% of the population is B12 deficient (even meat eaters) so this obviously does not apply to vegetarians only. And yeah, since you're still eating dairy products I don't think you have too much to worry about.