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Vitamin B12 plant sources
You say that "one of the few plant sources of Vitamin B12 is the red skin of peanuts". What other plant sources are there?
Thanks for your question about this important B vitamin!
Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is mostly found in animal foods (meat, dairy, eggs). The exceptions are fortified grains and other fortified products (soy milk, almond milk), tempeh and nutritional yeast. (That quote you mentioned was a "fun fact" and was not meant to suggest that you get all your Vitamin B12 from the red skins of peanuts!)
Keep in mind that there is some controversy about the form of B12 found in these foods, and for this reason, it is recommended that strict vegans take a B12 supplement.
In addition, as you age, your body has a more difficult time assimilating the available Vitamin B12, so a larger dose may be needed to avoid problems.
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