We know how to get enough vitamin C (oranges!), vitamin D (sunshine!) and the vision-helping vitamin A (carrots!), but where do we get our all-important vitamin B12 from?
What is vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is absolutely crucial to keep our bodies functioning well – this little guy is responsible for such tasks as maintaining nerve health, forming red blood cells, and making DNA. B12 can also boost your mood, improve brain health and help increase your energy levels, among a whole host of other things. Definitely not something you want to be skimping on!
How do I get it?
There are several easy and delicious ways to keep your B12 at healthy levels. Red meat is a rich source – a 100-gram serving of ground beef provides almost all of your daily B12 needs! You’ll also get plenty from fish such as salmon or tuna, chicken, and yoghurt. Fitfood’s Lifestyle Menu has a great range of meals that make a star out of these B12-rich foods – try the Chicken Katsu, Za’atar Spiced Fish Pie or Smoked Beef Brisket for a delicious and nutritious feast.
B12 for vegetarians and vegans
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you might need to work a little harder at getting your daily requirements, but there are still plenty of B12-fortified plant-based foods out there. Nutritional yeast, AKA that flaky stuff that adds a nice cheesy flavour to vegan dishes, is a great source of B12 for plant-based eaters. Some breakfast cereals are also fortified with vitamin B12 – keep an eye out for them in the supermarket. Beans, eggs, spinach and tempeh are also great veg-friendly sources of B12. Order yourself a tasty vegetarian Feta, Tomato Relish & Spinach Omelette from Fitfood and keep your brain ticking, energy pumping and mood singing!