According to the Vegan Society, more than half of UK adults are now adopting “vegan buying behaviour”, while the number of full-time vegans in the UK has grown fourfold in the past 10 years.
The rise of mainstream veganism, seems to be largely down to increased awareness of veganism as a lifestyle choice and its perceived benefits. This has been further amplified, by a growing number of celebrity followers and other prominent voices across social media.
You should be able to get most of the nutrients you need from eating a varied and balanced vegan diet. However, most of us in the UK still aren't eating enough fruit and vegetables, whether they are vegan or not.
58% of British women confessed they don’t get their 5 a day.*
Fruit and vegetables should make up over a third of the food we eat each day. You should aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg each day, with fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced all counting towards your daily quota.
How do I make sure I get the right vitamins if I am on a vegan diet?
With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs. However, if you don't plan your diet properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients, such as vitamin B12.
Why do we need vitamin B12?
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. B12 is only found naturally in foods from animal sources. Good 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.
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
Other sources of B12 are some breakfast cereals and B12 supplements.
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 B12 supplement, offers a simple alternative way to support your B12 intake.
Other vegan friendly vitamins 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.
*VÖOST Consumer Survey: Attitudes and usage around supplements