After a routine blood test, my Doctor tells me I’m folic acid deficient and she believes the cause to be dietary, because I’m Vegan?! Which is insane.
The following foods are good sources of folic acid:
- Green leafy vegetables such as spring greens, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and asparagus
- Nuts and pulses
- Yeast extract
- Fortified cereals
- Granary bread
- Fruits such as oranges and bananas
- Fruit juice such as pomegranate
Is this a list of foods a Vegan would not eat enough of? No, it’s a list of foods that I live on! So it’s concerning that I’m folic acid deficient and the cause most certainly is not dietary. It is more likely poor absorption of the folic acid from my diet by my gut, which is what my Doctor should be investigating, not telling me the cause is my diet just because I am Vegan.
A Vegan diet is far from a ‘poor diet’, it is low in cholesterol, high in vitamins and minerals. It is natural, kind and good for you. It just goes to prove the ignorance of some people, even the highly educated such as Doctors.