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22/12/2019 @ 5:24 PM
by BBC_Health

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They were speaking ahead of 'Veganuary', when increasing numbers turn to a vegan diet each January. The diet is generally high in fibre and low in cholesterol, but some nutrients are harder to get enough of - including B12. The Vegan Society said it was available in supplements or fortified foods.

Adults need around 1.5 micrograms of B12 a day. It is found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, but not in fruits, vegetables or grains - so those eating a vegan diet are advised to eat fortified foods, like cereals, or take supplements. B12 deficiency, which can lead to nerve damage, tends to take three or four years to cause symptoms - usually first appearing as pins and needles in the hands or feet. Read more HERE.

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