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Top 5 Natural Vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)


If you are vegetarian, or considering going vegetarian, then getting enough vitamin B12 should be of concern to you. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12, or Cobalamin, can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression, while a long term deficiency can potentially cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. If you are not eating meat and want to maintain a natural diet then it is essential that you incorporate the natural vegetarian foods below into your diet. Vitamin supplements are also available.

#1: Cheese
The amount of vitamin B12 in cheese depends on type and variety, Swiss cheese provides the most with 3.34μg per 100g serving (56% DV), followed by Gjetost(40% DV), Mozzarella(39% DV), Tilsit(35% DV), and Feta(28% DV).
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#2: Eggs
When it comes to chicken eggs the raw yellow has most of the vitamin B-12 with 1.95μg per 100g serving (33% DV), however, this equates to 0.33μg per yolk or just 6% of the DV. The eggs of other animals are higher with a goose egg providing 7.34μg (122% DV) of vitamin B-12 per 100g serving, and a duck egg providing 3.78μg (63% DV).
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#3: Whey Powder
Once thought the sole domain of body builders, whey powder is now entering main stream as more people are going vegetarian. Whey powder is a common addition to breads and smoothies, 100 grams will provide 2.5 μg of vitamin B12 or 42% of the DV.
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#4: Milk and Yogurt
100 grams of non-fat yogurt provides 0.53μg (10% DV) of vitamin B12 and 15%DV per cup. 100 grams of reduced fat milk provides 0.46μg (8% DV) and 19% DV per cup.
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#5: Yeast extract Spreads (Marmite)
Yeast extract spreads are popular in Britain and Europe, and have started to gain popularity in the U.S. A good vegetarian source of protein, the spread also packs a lot of vitamin B12. One hundred grams provides 0.5μg (8% DV) of vitamin B12, that is 0.03μg (1% DV) per teaspoon.
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Comments.
Name:Robert
Location:USA
Subject:Vegetarian?
How can you call eggs and dairy "Vegetarian"? Eggs (I eat them every day) come from birds which are also NOT vegetarian. How has this word changed to mean animal products? I eat a non-vegetarian diet, so I am pointing here to semantics.
Posted on 2013-01-01 10:16:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegetarian
Hi Robert, thanks for your question. While the definition of "vegetarian" differs from country to country, it is generally acknowledged that vegetarians can eat milk and/or eggs as long as no animals are harmed. "Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian" is sometimes used to specify this. Vegans, by contrast, do not eat any animal products, including eggs and milk. Here is a list for vegan sources of vitamin B12.
Posted on 2013-01-01 12:17:45
Name:Mark Carroll
Location:Kent, UK
Subject:Re: Vegetarian
Animals are very much harmed by milk production with male calves typically being shot at a few days or gong into wretched veal units. Male chicks are usually gassed at birth and go for pet food or burgers.
Posted on 2013-02-08 14:24:12
Name:Fae Gilfillan
Location:UK
Subject:Foods in Vegetarianism
Despite the death inherent in the industry, dairy and eggs are vegetarian (but not vegan), it's worth mentioning that Parmesan cheese is never vegetarian. It is always made with animal rennet.
Posted on 2013-02-26 16:12:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Foods in Vegetarianism
Hi Fae, thanks for your comment. Parmesan cheese has now been removed from the list of vegetarian cheeses high in vitamin B12.
Posted on 2013-02-26 19:09:27
Name:Lani
Location:Los Angeles
Subject:RE: Parmesan cheese can be vegetarian
They do make vegetarian Parmesan though. I read an article stating that the "Parmigiano-Reggiano" cheese is legally required to always be made with rennet, however, I think the bigger issue is that many many cheeses are made with rennet/animal enzymes and lacto-vegetarians will need to specifically seek out cheeses that explicitly state that they are not made with meat products.
Posted on 2013-04-07 16:35:37
Name:Anjali Narayan
Location:India
Subject:Vegetarian
I am a vegetarian -anything that does not involve destruction of potential life is vegetarian to me. So I don't take eggs -even though other vegetarians say that the non-fertilized eggs don't have the potential to grow into chicks. In India, among Hindus, milk is considered the purest form of vegetarian product-ancient scriptures forbade the mistreatment of cows and their slaughter. But in modern times, every thing is about money and economics.
Posted on 2013-05-06 03:55:11
Name:Kevin
Location:NJ
Subject:Plant Based Diet
A plant based diet is at the heart of all the alternative cures of cancer through healing by diet and nutrition. Vegetarianism has gone trendy and is often without an understanding as why it is essential. The fetus of a bird (eggs) are absolutely not plant based. Thats the worse one for you. Human bodies were designed with flat teeth and long intestine tracks like all plant based animals have. Over time meat was introduced and is acidic to our diets as well.
Posted on 2013-06-07 12:16:06
Name:Jen
Location:Australia
Subject:Vegan/Vegetarian Definition
Vegan means not consuming any animal products. Vegetarian means not consuming any products that come from DEAD animals such as meat and gelatin.

Eggs we eat are not fertilized so they are vegetarian. However they're not always ethical to eat (cage eggs, slaughter, the male chick issue, etc).

Milk is vegetarian, but again is not always ethical because of the veal industry and slaughter of calves for the sake of milk production.

But there is no confusion... vegetarian = milk, eggs and everything except meat or things from dead animals. Vegan = no animal products. Pescetarian = only meat they eat is fish/seafood. Omnivore = eats meat among everything else. Carnivore = eats only meat/animal body parts.

Posted on 2013-06-08 05:45:15
Name:Angela
Location:UK
Subject:Eggs are not alive

I am a vegetarian who eats eggs. The belief by so many people that eggs are fetuses is based on a flawed understanding of reproduction. Birds lay eggs whether they are fertilized or not. It's how battery egg farming is so successful. No sexy time required, the poor hens can just be locked in cages and eggs will still be provided.

Ironically more ethically farmed hens are allowed to roam free with the added possibility of 'romance'. So a free range egg is more likely to be fertilized.

Human females also produce an egg every month, regardless of whether that egg is fertilized. The egg is microscopic and passes without any drama. Humans are not then found living in the sewer system.

Contrary to popular mythology the male actually needs to add his contribution to create life. It is not ready packaged in the egg. We call that sex.

An egg is not a fetus.

Posted on 2013-06-12 04:23:43
Name:Chris
Location:UK
Subject:Humans are What?
Kevin (NJ): Humans are designed for what?? Humans have flat teeth AND pointed teeth. We have all the necessary equipment to be OMNIvors...i.e. eat anything and everything. You will note we don't have multiple stomachs to facilitate the decomposition of "roughage". I could use that argument to say we should only eat meat.
Posted on 2013-07-25 23:45:09
Name:Roman
Location:Vietnam
Subject:Omnivors
There a lot of people on here that just seem to be angry at people who try to do the right thing. If you don't have any standards or values that you follow then just leave the people that do alone. You want to eat meant then eat meat but stop annoying vegetarians about the shape of your teeth and how being a vegetarian is not making a difference. Everyone does their small part by being a vegetarian or vegan and sacrificing delicious and or healthy things, if you don't want to do anything then at least mind your own business and leave people that do alone!
Posted on 2013-07-31 11:38:03
Name:John
Location:Australia
Subject:Omnivors
I just wanted to state that he was not saying anything bad about vegetarians, he was stating that despite us having flat teeth, we do have sharp pointed teeth. It in no way means anything in general because you can choose how you live.
Posted on 2013-09-02 17:59:57
Name:Rohit Kumar
Location:India
Subject:Vegetarian
Hi Anjali, I agree with you. Just for money & promotion of some economies around the world, their so called researches are imposed on developing economies. Cows are slaughtered in India not for domestic consumption but to fill hunger of foreign population.
Posted on 2013-10-18 12:03:11
Name:Ragav
Location:Austin
Subject:B12 in vegetarian eggs
I am a vegetarian but recently began to feel that I might get affected by vitamin B12 deficiency. So started to eat eggs. I have been getting "vegetarian" eggs. These are eggs from hens that are fed vegetarian diets. I am not particular that hens must have a vegetarian diet. I read that vitamin b12 can be obtained only from animal sources. So I was skeptical if vegetarian eggs have vitamin B12. Would you be able to answer that? Thanks for your blog :)
Posted on 2013-10-29 02:19:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: B12 in vegetarian eggs
Hi Ragav, thanks for your question. No analysis has been done as to how a chicken's diet affects the vitamin B12 content of their eggs, however, it is likely that all eggs will still provide vitamin B12, regardless of diet.
Posted on 2013-10-29 06:22:12
Name:Vivienne
Location:NZ
Subject:Vegetarian and B12
Wow - all this passion and name splitting over being "vegetarian" by definition. Haven't we missed the point here? Whether you are vegan or pescetarian, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore - you are eating and not on a piranha diet (although fasting regularly is a good idea to get your gi index down). B12 deficiency can have a serious impact on degenerative diseases - making the bulk of nutrition oriented disease types by category. In particular neurological diseases - so you need to take it - if not by your religion through meat or eggs - through some other means - and in balance with other good nutrition - if you are treating degenerative - then look also at bioflavenoids such as Quercetin, Vitamin E and Vitamin C for free radical. Also I found affecting SOD levels (withania or Indian Ginseng) wonderful for Parkinsons and MS. In fact - we really need to just eat balanced food nutrition if at all. As for the definition side of it - well our evolution comes from plant species. They are actually the basis of our own building blocks and all evolution after they oxygen layer was formed in atmosphere. Oxygenation is basically the problem - so try that prana breathing as well and anything else that will encourage expanding the capacity for blood stream oxygenation. Some theorists now uphold that humans are made up of a series of DNA sequences that comprise obsolete viruses. If we are to look at food from a point of consciousness I don't think we can judge how others choose to eat or what they call their eating habit. Some countries do not have ready access to vegetation. They usually have a shorter lifespan but live healthy enough when they need it - in early adulthood. Stress is basically the biggest killer as it immobilises the body function and creates an environment for disease and lowered immunity. I learned this through being healthy but denying self of the right to life enjoyments - i.e. by taking on more stress and responsibility that accumulated in my body - because I felt duty and obligation to others. That is out of balance and unhealthy. Even in higher spiritual existence we live in this world and need to adjust our physical for our environmental factors and live in harmony, sustainably. If we are to consider what we put into our body as energy - well it makes sense that what we eat should be most harmonious to our body function - that most pure form is water and oxygen or breath. From there on its all external and we need to give thanks to creation that we can take in the shared atoms of other species while in this plane of existence.
Posted on 2013-12-08 22:42:51
Name:Kimberly
Location:Charlotte
Subject:B12 Requirement
I am wondering what you are basing your DV on. From my research, a human only needs 2-3 mcg per day, but your percentages above seem to equate to a higher DV. Can you please explain?
Posted on 2014-02-02 10:04:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: B12 Requirement
Hi Kimberly, thanks for your question. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) and the percent daily value (%DV) do differ. The RDA is meant to tell you how much of a nutrient you should get on a daily basis, while the %DV recommends how much you should eat based on absorption factors and variance in food nutrient content. For example, eggs can have a varying amount of vitamin B12, some have more and some have less. The RDA for vitamin B12 is 2.4mcg for adults, while the DV is 6mcg. These numbers are derived by U.S. government agencies based on studies of healthy diets. For more, see the FAQ page of this site for the difference between RDA and DV, and see the Office of Dietary supplements page on Vitamin B12.
Posted on 2014-02-02 14:39:55
Name:Brenda
Location:USA
Subject:Vegan B12 sources?
Hi. I'm vegan 100%, so whats for me? No eggs, no milk, no cheese. My blood tests showed I'm fine, but I think I may think about getting B12 from another source.
Posted on 2014-02-07 14:42:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegan B12 Sources?
Hi Brenda, thanks for your question. You can find vegan B12 sources in this article on vegan sources of vitamin B12.
Posted on 2014-02-08 02:51:37
Name:Debbie
Location:USA
Subject:Vegetarian B12 Source: Kombucha
I've read that drinking kombucha fermented tea is a great natural vegan source of B12.
Posted on 2014-02-11 11:15:41
Name:Outbackjack
Location:Aussie Outback
Subject:Vegetarian Chooks
Chooks - Chickens for those non aussies out there are not vegetarian by nature. I have raised free range backyard hens all my life and they will eat meat given the chance - bugs, insects and mice if they can catch them. If you do an experiment by placing protein rich foods such as grasshoppers, meat scraps, Cheese etc along with veggies and bread scraps they will pick out the high protein foods first. Chooks are NOT vegetarian by nature or choice and that is why they are really good to have in your garden as they eat the bugs.

What they eat can affect the quality of the egg. I read that Chooks in a certain part of Greece gave eggs higher in Omega 3 due to grazing on Portulaca oleacea. So if their diet is low in protein I would assume they would also have lower B12.

Posted on 2014-04-06 07:49:41
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegetarian Chooks
Hi Outbackjack, thanks for your comment, however there have been no studies to confirm that a protein diet in animals results in more vitamin B12. Comparing the meat from cows to chickens, gram per gram, shows that cows have almost 9 times as much vitamin B12, despite a large vegetarian diet. This would suggest that it is more an animals ability to ferment and digest bacteria which affects its vitamin B12 level. This is all speculation however. You are right that chicken eggs are effected by diet, however, it may be more a factor of fatty acids and carotenes than B12.
Posted on 2014-04-11 01:04:28

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Name:Robert
Location:USA
Subject:Vegetarian?
How can you call eggs and dairy "Vegetarian"? Eggs (I eat them every day) come from birds which are also NOT vegetarian. How has this word changed to mean animal products? I eat a non-vegetarian diet, so I am pointing here to semantics.
Posted on 2013-01-01 10:16:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegetarian
Hi Robert, thanks for your question. While the definition of "vegetarian" differs from country to country, it is generally acknowledged that vegetarians can eat milk and/or eggs as long as no animals are harmed. "Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian" is sometimes used to specify this. Vegans, by contrast, do not eat any animal products, including eggs and milk. Here is a list for vegan sources of vitamin B12.
Posted on 2013-01-01 12:17:45
Name:Mark Carroll
Location:Kent, UK
Subject:Re: Vegetarian
Animals are very much harmed by milk production with male calves typically being shot at a few days or gong into wretched veal units. Male chicks are usually gassed at birth and go for pet food or burgers.
Posted on 2013-02-08 14:24:12
Name:Fae Gilfillan
Location:UK
Subject:Foods in Vegetarianism
Despite the death inherent in the industry, dairy and eggs are vegetarian (but not vegan), it's worth mentioning that Parmesan cheese is never vegetarian. It is always made with animal rennet.
Posted on 2013-02-26 16:12:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Foods in Vegetarianism
Hi Fae, thanks for your comment. Parmesan cheese has now been removed from the list of vegetarian cheeses high in vitamin B12.
Posted on 2013-02-26 19:09:27
Name:Lani
Location:Los Angeles
Subject:RE: Parmesan cheese can be vegetarian
They do make vegetarian Parmesan though. I read an article stating that the "Parmigiano-Reggiano" cheese is legally required to always be made with rennet, however, I think the bigger issue is that many many cheeses are made with rennet/animal enzymes and lacto-vegetarians will need to specifically seek out cheeses that explicitly state that they are not made with meat products.
Posted on 2013-04-07 16:35:37
Name:Anjali Narayan
Location:India
Subject:Vegetarian
I am a vegetarian -anything that does not involve destruction of potential life is vegetarian to me. So I don't take eggs -even though other vegetarians say that the non-fertilized eggs don't have the potential to grow into chicks. In India, among Hindus, milk is considered the purest form of vegetarian product-ancient scriptures forbade the mistreatment of cows and their slaughter. But in modern times, every thing is about money and economics.
Posted on 2013-05-06 03:55:11
Name:Kevin
Location:NJ
Subject:Plant Based Diet
A plant based diet is at the heart of all the alternative cures of cancer through healing by diet and nutrition. Vegetarianism has gone trendy and is often without an understanding as why it is essential. The fetus of a bird (eggs) are absolutely not plant based. Thats the worse one for you. Human bodies were designed with flat teeth and long intestine tracks like all plant based animals have. Over time meat was introduced and is acidic to our diets as well.
Posted on 2013-06-07 12:16:06
Name:Jen
Location:Australia
Subject:Vegan/Vegetarian Definition
Vegan means not consuming any animal products. Vegetarian means not consuming any products that come from DEAD animals such as meat and gelatin.

Eggs we eat are not fertilized so they are vegetarian. However they're not always ethical to eat (cage eggs, slaughter, the male chick issue, etc).

Milk is vegetarian, but again is not always ethical because of the veal industry and slaughter of calves for the sake of milk production.

But there is no confusion... vegetarian = milk, eggs and everything except meat or things from dead animals. Vegan = no animal products. Pescetarian = only meat they eat is fish/seafood. Omnivore = eats meat among everything else. Carnivore = eats only meat/animal body parts.

Posted on 2013-06-08 05:45:15
Name:Angela
Location:UK
Subject:Eggs are not alive

I am a vegetarian who eats eggs. The belief by so many people that eggs are fetuses is based on a flawed understanding of reproduction. Birds lay eggs whether they are fertilized or not. It's how battery egg farming is so successful. No sexy time required, the poor hens can just be locked in cages and eggs will still be provided.

Ironically more ethically farmed hens are allowed to roam free with the added possibility of 'romance'. So a free range egg is more likely to be fertilized.

Human females also produce an egg every month, regardless of whether that egg is fertilized. The egg is microscopic and passes without any drama. Humans are not then found living in the sewer system.

Contrary to popular mythology the male actually needs to add his contribution to create life. It is not ready packaged in the egg. We call that sex.

An egg is not a fetus.

Posted on 2013-06-12 04:23:43
Name:Chris
Location:UK
Subject:Humans are What?
Kevin (NJ): Humans are designed for what?? Humans have flat teeth AND pointed teeth. We have all the necessary equipment to be OMNIvors...i.e. eat anything and everything. You will note we don't have multiple stomachs to facilitate the decomposition of "roughage". I could use that argument to say we should only eat meat.
Posted on 2013-07-25 23:45:09
Name:Roman
Location:Vietnam
Subject:Omnivors
There a lot of people on here that just seem to be angry at people who try to do the right thing. If you don't have any standards or values that you follow then just leave the people that do alone. You want to eat meant then eat meat but stop annoying vegetarians about the shape of your teeth and how being a vegetarian is not making a difference. Everyone does their small part by being a vegetarian or vegan and sacrificing delicious and or healthy things, if you don't want to do anything then at least mind your own business and leave people that do alone!
Posted on 2013-07-31 11:38:03
Name:John
Location:Australia
Subject:Omnivors
I just wanted to state that he was not saying anything bad about vegetarians, he was stating that despite us having flat teeth, we do have sharp pointed teeth. It in no way means anything in general because you can choose how you live.
Posted on 2013-09-02 17:59:57
Name:Rohit Kumar
Location:India
Subject:Vegetarian
Hi Anjali, I agree with you. Just for money & promotion of some economies around the world, their so called researches are imposed on developing economies. Cows are slaughtered in India not for domestic consumption but to fill hunger of foreign population.
Posted on 2013-10-18 12:03:11
Name:Ragav
Location:Austin
Subject:B12 in vegetarian eggs
I am a vegetarian but recently began to feel that I might get affected by vitamin B12 deficiency. So started to eat eggs. I have been getting "vegetarian" eggs. These are eggs from hens that are fed vegetarian diets. I am not particular that hens must have a vegetarian diet. I read that vitamin b12 can be obtained only from animal sources. So I was skeptical if vegetarian eggs have vitamin B12. Would you be able to answer that? Thanks for your blog :)
Posted on 2013-10-29 02:19:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: B12 in vegetarian eggs
Hi Ragav, thanks for your question. No analysis has been done as to how a chicken's diet affects the vitamin B12 content of their eggs, however, it is likely that all eggs will still provide vitamin B12, regardless of diet.
Posted on 2013-10-29 06:22:12
Name:Vivienne
Location:NZ
Subject:Vegetarian and B12
Wow - all this passion and name splitting over being "vegetarian" by definition. Haven't we missed the point here? Whether you are vegan or pescetarian, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore - you are eating and not on a piranha diet (although fasting regularly is a good idea to get your gi index down). B12 deficiency can have a serious impact on degenerative diseases - making the bulk of nutrition oriented disease types by category. In particular neurological diseases - so you need to take it - if not by your religion through meat or eggs - through some other means - and in balance with other good nutrition - if you are treating degenerative - then look also at bioflavenoids such as Quercetin, Vitamin E and Vitamin C for free radical. Also I found affecting SOD levels (withania or Indian Ginseng) wonderful for Parkinsons and MS. In fact - we really need to just eat balanced food nutrition if at all. As for the definition side of it - well our evolution comes from plant species. They are actually the basis of our own building blocks and all evolution after they oxygen layer was formed in atmosphere. Oxygenation is basically the problem - so try that prana breathing as well and anything else that will encourage expanding the capacity for blood stream oxygenation. Some theorists now uphold that humans are made up of a series of DNA sequences that comprise obsolete viruses. If we are to look at food from a point of consciousness I don't think we can judge how others choose to eat or what they call their eating habit. Some countries do not have ready access to vegetation. They usually have a shorter lifespan but live healthy enough when they need it - in early adulthood. Stress is basically the biggest killer as it immobilises the body function and creates an environment for disease and lowered immunity. I learned this through being healthy but denying self of the right to life enjoyments - i.e. by taking on more stress and responsibility that accumulated in my body - because I felt duty and obligation to others. That is out of balance and unhealthy. Even in higher spiritual existence we live in this world and need to adjust our physical for our environmental factors and live in harmony, sustainably. If we are to consider what we put into our body as energy - well it makes sense that what we eat should be most harmonious to our body function - that most pure form is water and oxygen or breath. From there on its all external and we need to give thanks to creation that we can take in the shared atoms of other species while in this plane of existence.
Posted on 2013-12-08 22:42:51
Name:Kimberly
Location:Charlotte
Subject:B12 Requirement
I am wondering what you are basing your DV on. From my research, a human only needs 2-3 mcg per day, but your percentages above seem to equate to a higher DV. Can you please explain?
Posted on 2014-02-02 10:04:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: B12 Requirement
Hi Kimberly, thanks for your question. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) and the percent daily value (%DV) do differ. The RDA is meant to tell you how much of a nutrient you should get on a daily basis, while the %DV recommends how much you should eat based on absorption factors and variance in food nutrient content. For example, eggs can have a varying amount of vitamin B12, some have more and some have less. The RDA for vitamin B12 is 2.4mcg for adults, while the DV is 6mcg. These numbers are derived by U.S. government agencies based on studies of healthy diets. For more, see the FAQ page of this site for the difference between RDA and DV, and see the Office of Dietary supplements page on Vitamin B12.
Posted on 2014-02-02 14:39:55
Name:Brenda
Location:USA
Subject:Vegan B12 sources?
Hi. I'm vegan 100%, so whats for me? No eggs, no milk, no cheese. My blood tests showed I'm fine, but I think I may think about getting B12 from another source.
Posted on 2014-02-07 14:42:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegan B12 Sources?
Hi Brenda, thanks for your question. You can find vegan B12 sources in this article on vegan sources of vitamin B12.
Posted on 2014-02-08 02:51:37
Name:Debbie
Location:USA
Subject:Vegetarian B12 Source: Kombucha
I've read that drinking kombucha fermented tea is a great natural vegan source of B12.
Posted on 2014-02-11 11:15:41
Name:Outbackjack
Location:Aussie Outback
Subject:Vegetarian Chooks
Chooks - Chickens for those non aussies out there are not vegetarian by nature. I have raised free range backyard hens all my life and they will eat meat given the chance - bugs, insects and mice if they can catch them. If you do an experiment by placing protein rich foods such as grasshoppers, meat scraps, Cheese etc along with veggies and bread scraps they will pick out the high protein foods first. Chooks are NOT vegetarian by nature or choice and that is why they are really good to have in your garden as they eat the bugs.

What they eat can affect the quality of the egg. I read that Chooks in a certain part of Greece gave eggs higher in Omega 3 due to grazing on Portulaca oleacea. So if their diet is low in protein I would assume they would also have lower B12.

Posted on 2014-04-06 07:49:41
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Vegetarian Chooks
Hi Outbackjack, thanks for your comment, however there have been no studies to confirm that a protein diet in animals results in more vitamin B12. Comparing the meat from cows to chickens, gram per gram, shows that cows have almost 9 times as much vitamin B12, despite a large vegetarian diet. This would suggest that it is more an animals ability to ferment and digest bacteria which affects its vitamin B12 level. This is all speculation however. You are right that chicken eggs are effected by diet, however, it may be more a factor of fatty acids and carotenes than B12.
Posted on 2014-04-11 01:04:28

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References

    • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.