VEGANISM: Is it just a 'fad' or worth properly considering?

Veganism is something of a phenomenon in our culture today. We can’t step outside the house without seeing non-dairy, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian branding across everything from food products to clothing lines.

There’s a good argument, however, to suggest that this lifestyle choice could actually be a sustainable way of living and reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.[1]

A recent study found that a vegan diet could be “the single biggest way to reduce our impact on planet earth, not just greenhouse gases but land use and water use.”[1]

In light of this, you may be considering a vegan diet. As long as it is well-planned and follows healthy eating guidelines, it can contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. [2] Getting your nutrients from plant-based foods, consequently allows more room in your diet for health promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables which contain fibre, vitamins and minerals.

However, if you don't plan your diet properly, you could miss out on some essential nutrients, such as vitamin B12.[2,3]

What is Vitamin B12 and why is it important for Vegans?

If you are considering a Vegan diet, Vitamin B12 is something you should make yourself aware of. As vitamin B12 isn't found naturally in foods such as fruit, vegetables and grains, if you are a vegan, you may not get enough of it and in extreme instances, a lack of vitamin B12 could lead to what is known as vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia.

Sources for Vegans are limited, however good sources of vitamin B12 for vegans include:

  • Unsweetened soya drinks fortified with vitamin B12
  • Yeast extract such as Marmite, which is fortified with vitamin B12

Natural sources include: meat, salmon, cod, milk, cheese, eggs, so if you eat meat, fish or dairy foods, you should be able to get enough vitamin B12 from your diet.

Vitamin B12 is involved in making red blood cells, has a role in the process of cell division and helps to release energy from food.

If you are on a vegan diet, or perhaps considering it and you feel you may sometimes struggle to get the nutrients from natural sources, VÖOST vitamin B supplement, offers a simple alternative way to support your B12 intake.

Other vegan friendly vitamins and minerals within the UK VÖOST range include Vitamin C, Energy, Magnesium and Iron.

VÖOST products contain no added dairy, lactose or yeast and are simply added to 200ml of water and enjoyed.

A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth
Joseph Poore - Oxford University