Yet again a newspaper (this Saturdays Times) is running a supplement promoting a vegan diet. There is a section on the dangers of a vegan diet and list a range of processed vegan foods rating their nutrients.
Not one mention of the b12 deficiency that will be caused by such a diet!
I’ve written to them, yet again, that a vegan diet is extremely dangerous to ones health unless one supplements b12.
I read the other day that b12 deficiency is not much of a danger to young people but is a serious danger to over 60’s because of reduced stomach acid. This overlooks the fact than a growing proportion of girls are becoming vegan for animal welfare reasons and I am certainly reading more and more blogs on this site of relatively young women becoming b12 deficient.
Some vegan foods do have b12 added but many/most do not - it seems to contradict the ‘healthy’ paradigm that they are trying to promote.
I have been a vegetarian verging on vegan for over 30 years and knew nothing about b12 deficiency until I became very ill and still suffering the effects after five years of 12 weekly injections. My doctor/nurses are so ignorant of the condition that I’ve stopped speaking to them about it!
I’ve written to the editor, yet again, to complain about the failure to inform the readers of the dangers of veganism without supplementation- something that even the vegan society insists on explaining!
I suffer alone without any real medical support apart from the marvellous and highly knowledgeable administrators and bloggers on this site.