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B12 – the meat-vitamin you can’t live without

Veganism is unnatural

Several vegans bashing me for being a hunter and meat-eater have claimed that their vegan way of life is more “in harmony with nature” than mine. I am going to be blunt about this. They are wrong. VERY wrong. A natural human diet includes meat. Long-term veganism is actually fully dependent on hi-tech laboratories and complicated chemical production plants. A vegan diet is not a natural human diet.

Vegans eventually die from malnutrition if they do not get essential nutrients found only in animal products through either fortified foods or supplements. It is a scientific fact. Evolution has adapted the human body to meat after more than two million years of eating animals.

Vitamin B12 is essential to the function of every living cell in the human body. This vitamin is found in substantial amounts in animal products only. Meat, eggs and milk. If you do not get enough of this vital vitamin you get sick with progressing symptoms of anemia, impaired brain function and symptoms of mental disorders. B12 deficiency have also been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease which is the most common cause of dementia in the Western world. If young children lack B12 in their diets their brains does not develop properly and they become retarded. The brain damages resulting from B12 deficiency are irreversible. The bottom line: Without B12 in your diet you die after many years of becoming dumber and dumber.

This is why no primeval people has ever lived as vegans or even vegetarians. It’s physically impossible on a natural diet – they wouldn’t survive for a single generation.

Fortunately B12 can be synthesized in a complicated chemical process using special strains of bacteria – often genetically modified – to produce it. This is why you can buy B12-fortified vegan food and B12 supplements. The process has been known since 1972. Before that time choosing to be a lifelong vegan was literally the equivalent of a slow suicide. A vegan lifestyle is only possible through recent technological advances.

This is not a controversial claim. Even the Vegan Society agrees (link):

“In over 60 years of vegan experimentation only B12 fortified foods and B12 supplements have proven themselves as reliable sources of B12, capable of supporting optimal health.”

A few types of algae have been claimed to contain enough B12 to be a sufficient natural source of this vitamin for vegans, but unfortunately it has turned out to be wrong as this article from the vegan site plenteousveg.com explains.

There is nothing wrong with choosing a vegan lifestyle. You are more than welcome to eat all the fruits, nuts and vegetables you want if that for some reason makes you happy. But please stop claiming that living on a vegan diet is more in harmony with nature than eating meat. It is not.

Quite a few essential nutrients solely or primarily stems from animal sources, but B12 is currently the most scientifically researched of the bunch.

You can read all about it in this article, which also contains many links to scientific research on the subject.

Read here what happens to an infant on a strict vegan diet without B12 supplements.

Written by the editor of Hunter at Heart Jens Ulrik Høgh

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