Vitamin B12 in the Vegan Diet

This excellent article on B-12 in the vegan diet is by Reed Mangels, Ph.D, R.D., and is reprinted by permission of the Vegetarian Resource Group.

The requirement for vitamin B12 is very low. Non-animal sources include Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula or T-6635+ nutritional yeast (a little less than 1 Tablespoon supplies the adult RDA), and vitamin B12 fortified soymilk. It is especially important for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children to have reliable sources of vitamin B12 in their diets. more→


Fermented Foods Strengthen the Immune System

sauerkraut in a bowl

Contributed by Rebecca Wood. Why do some foods like chocolate, wine and cheese taste so delicious? Fermenting magically transforms their original ingredients into something more desirable. Besides upping flavor, some lactic-acid ferments, such as homemade sauerkraut, actually strengthen your immune system. more→


Nutritional Yeast: A great source of B12 and other B Vitamins

Nutritional Yeast FlakesBecause nutritional yeast has evolved as a nutritional supplement, it suffers from an unappealing name and a somewhat misunderstood reputation. Nutritional yeast, not to be mistaken with brewer’s yeast, is a deactivated yeast that according to Wikipedia, is “produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast.” more→


Aloe In The Kitchen

aloe vera plantDo you keep an aloe plant in your kitchen? Aloe is an incredible plant with a wide range of benefits — most people know the aloe plant simply as something that’s used to treat sunburn. However, Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to remediate a plethora of issues. more→


How to Read a Nutrition Label

If you’re looking live a healthier life, the first step is to know exactly what you’re putting into your body.  Estimating your fat and calorie intake is a good start, but why guess when you have the facts right in front of you?  Nutrition labels are important sources of information that can help you on your way to a healthier you.  We’ll tell you exactly how to read them and what you should be looking for.  more→


Great Reasons to Adopt a Plant-Based Diet

Those who have chosen to go vegetarian — and then who transition to vegan — appreciate knowing that their food choices can not only be tasty and healthy, but compassionate and humane as well. Not to mention the enormous benefit of whole-food plant-based diet to our rapidly deteriorating environment. more→


Hemp Seeds Boost Vegan Nutrition

hemp seeds

Hemp is one of the earliest known plants cultivated internationally and one of the world’s most nutritious ingredients which can be added to a wide variety of recipes. Hemp is also a highly eco-friendly crop which is naturally pest-resistant, and because the plants grow fast and close together, they out-compete weeds and therefore don’t require herbicides. more→


A Vegan Athlete’s Nutritional Basics

Animal-derived foods aren’t necessary to live a long and healthy life; in fact, quite the contrary. People who are physically active should take special care to get enough protein into their diet without the use of animal proteins. After all, muscle tissue is breaking down when exercising (you know this is happening when you feel the “burn” which is caused by the buildup of lactic acid causing muscles to break down) and protein is necessary for the recovery and rebuilding process. Vegan athletes have to pay more attention to dietary choices and food combinations in order ensure the absorption of enough high-quality protein. more→