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  1. #11
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    Re: Vegan, Vegetarianism and Ahimsa

    Dear Vegans

    Please take care. Make sure you have enough B12, calcium, iron and folate in your diet.

    In the United States fortified Soy Milk (25% calcium, 50% B12, protein) and fortified breakfast cereals ( Recommendation: Basic 4 by General Mills - has plenty of B12 B1, B2, B6) are available. Almond Milk may not provide as much B12 and calcium although almonds are vey good for you.

    The other B vitamins come from wheat, grains and fortified pastas and breads.

    Other countries may do this but you may have to check the labels on foods.

    Leafy greens and broccoli are good sources of calcium and iron.

    Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage) give Choline (for the brain).

    Anti-oxidants and folates come from citrus and berries.

    Nuts are good for vegans.
    Sprouted Legumes combined with grains help absorb protein better than just the legume / bean.


    Overall, a good balanced vegan diet needs the addition of a fortified plant milk + fortified cereal that match the calcium, protein, D and B12 in milk.

    B12 is not found in plant food, but it comes from microorganisms and algae in the soil. Lacto vegetarians get it from cow-milk. Therefore vegans have to have alternatives. It is needed for proper brain function, and in kids - it is very essential for brain development.

    jay mAdhava madana murAri S

    || Shri KRshNArpaNamastu ||

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    Re: Vegan, Vegetarianism and Ahimsa

    hariḥ oṁ

    Some insights on this B12 idea....

    iti śivaṁ
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva


  3. #13

    Re: Vegan, Vegetarianism and Ahimsa

    Sadar Pranaam to all.

    I wanted to understand how we would respond to the argument that when we insist on a vegetarian diet, we are essentially cause himsa against plant life (for example, onions, leafy vegetables etc). The act of farming in itself is not devoid of himsa because after we reap the food grains, the crops are destroyed.

    So, if the very basis of sustenance is centered around himsa, why spare meat.

    I apologize in advance if this offends you, but this argument is pretty logical in its technicality, and I would like to know what the fellow members think of it.

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