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Do Vegans have to take any supplements for essential body requirements not available from their diet ?
Does the rejection of any animal based clothing (shoes, etc etc) lead to their replacement with plastics ?
I am aware that there are many non animal based fibres available, but are these actually commercially practical and mass available ?
By choice i would be a vegetarian , but live in a family group of carnivores ....
Vegan .... difficult place for me to be .... but respect.
Like Pete-661, when I became vegetarian in 1987, it was the first time I ever really looked at what I was eating, and whether I was intaking all essential nutrients, I did not become vegan, though my cousin did, and we talked alot about our choices, food, and nutrition.
I have sometimes taken vitamin B12 supplements, but I haven't done so in years. I eat enough dairy (yogurt and cheese) to get vitamin B12. Vegans mostly get it through fortified yeast. A minority of vegans do not eat yeast on the basis that they are living organisms.
There are B12 supplements made for vegans, and vegan foods fortified with B12. Vegans also needs to be careful that they get enough calcium, iron, zinc, riboflavin, and omega 3. These area avialable in plant based foods, but it does require at least some thought to include them.
By the way, vitamin and mineral deficiency is a human problem, not just a vegan one. B12 deficiency can be difficult to diagnose as blood levels do not necessarily indicate absorption rates. Study results vary hugely. I've seen some studies that show only a small percentage (1 - 3 %)of the population have vitamin B12 deficiency, and other studies that found as much as 20% of the population may be dificient.
I might suspect that vegetarians and vegans who are pehaps somewhat more likely to pay attention to their nutrition, may actually be less likely to suffer from deficiency. Although one of the things medical professional are advised to look for in diagnosing B12 deficiency is recent change to vegan diet.
p.s. Mr. V is a carnivore and Mini V is lactose intolerant, so meal times can be a challenge, but we have learned to cope. One of the things we have at least once per week is wraps (soft tortillas) with a variety of fillings available, and everyone makes their own.
“In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom