B-12 AND RAW FOOD VEGANS: ARTICLE POINTER
by Thomas Billings
Raw food vegans should be aware of relevant research on
The March 1996 issue of "Vegetarian Times" magazine
has an interesting, short news article on vitamin B12 and raw/living food vegans (pg. 22).
The article cites a study published in the October issue of "Human and Clinical
Nutrition" (note: incorrect citation, correct citation below), and quotes Michael
Klaper, M.D. who recommends that live food vegans take B12 supplements. The article also
says that sea vegetables, which some live fooders rely on for B12, "contain
unhealthfully high levels of iodine".
Note: the reference to a journal titled, "Human and
Clinical Nutrition", is incorrect; the correct reference is:
"Journal of Nutrition", October 1995, vol. 125,
#10, pgs. 2511-2515 (subsection is titled Human and Clinical Nutrition, which explains the
"Veg Times" mistake):
Vitamin B12 Status of Long-Term Adherents of a Strict
Uncooked Vegan Diet ("Living Food Diet") is Compromised
by Anna-Liisa Rauma, Riitta Torronen, Osmo Hanninen, and
Hannu Mykkanen (Dept. of Clinical Nutrition and Physiology, University of Kuopio, Kuopio,
It's an interesting paper, worth reading. A copy of the paper
is available in the SF-LiFE library.