How is the Vitamin B12 supplement made?
October 24, 2011 2:24 PM Subscribe
How is the vitamin B12 supplement made? I've tried searching the internet, but the information is nearly nonexistent other than using a buzzword like carbofermentation that doesn't document the creation process of the supplement.
posted by DetriusXii to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few years ago, my friend, in a pregnancy labour class, watched a video documenting the source of vitamin b12 supplements. She claimed that it was harvested from rat meat. I've tried to search the internet to counter her claims, but there isn't much evidence documenting the vitamin B12 creation process. Wikipedia and several sites state that the only source of vitamin B12 is dairy, eggs, and meat and that vegans need to take vitamin B12 supplements.
The topic came up yesterday on a date I had with a vegan. The date went well and I have another date with her, but I ended up defending my choice to eat meat by saying that the Vitamin B12 supplement creation process isn't vegan itself and that herbivores get it by the consumption of insect meat that's left on the plants they consume. I pointed out that a lack of Vitamin B12 leads to anemia.
I also know that seaweed sources of Vitamin B12 are not suitable for humans. Was my female friend right? Is the Vitamin B12 supplement creation process also non vegan?