Remember when I said a few days ago that meat eaters could get their B12 vitamins through various meat sources and that vegetarians could get B12 from dairy products and vegans could use fortified cereal as their source, well, I would just like to verify that data.
According to the Global Healing Center website, McKinley Health Center has stipulated that one-half cup of milk, an egg, three-quarters of a cup of yogurt and one cup of vitamin-fortified soymilk all provide a good source of Vitamin B12. Cheese is also a great source of improving your client’s B12 intake. Brie and Swiss can provide about 15% of the recommended daily allowance of B12. The only issue that a vegetarian could have with using dairy as their way of getting enough of this vitamin into their diet would be if they indulged too much on full-fat items. This indulgence could lead to too much saturated fat and cholesterol in their diet.
Fortified breakfast cereals contain B12 through bacteria that naturally produce the vitamin. For the sake of vegans, the B12 in the cereals does not contain any animal-related products.
Some commercial cereal brands actually provide 100% of the B12 RDA in each ounce. Some only provide 25%. You really have to read the labels. The Vegan Society recommends the same.
Sometimes elders don’t like to eat full meals. If they are lacking in B12, a good snack or even a meal replacement could be a bowl of B12 fortified cereal. Al least you will know that they are getting enough of this vitamin this way.
The good thing you should realize and communicate to them is that there is no disadvantage to your client if they consume more than 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12 daily, so if they like cereal, not only will they get enough B12, but fortified cereals also contain other vitamins necessary for a person’s health. Knowing all this will help you show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.