Although vitamin B12 is naturally present—and absorbable—in animal origin food such as meat and alternatives, and milk and alternatives, it’s often overlooked that cricket powder is an excellent source of this good health essential vitamin.
Why does our body need vitamin B12?
Also known as cobalamin, vitamin B12, which belongs to the group of six vitamins that form the B complex, plays a crucial role in the proper division and functioning of cells in the body. It also plays a key role in growth and in maintaining a balanced nervous system, thus in maintaining good mood. More specifically, it’s involved in the genesis of red blood cells, the synthesis of DNA and proteins, and the protection of nerves and neurons.
In need of cobalamin?
Vegans or vegans are often in deficiency of animal protein due to a lack of consumption, and vegetarians in deficit, despite their intake of enriched foods such as cereals and vegetable drinks at breakfast. Whether it’s because foods that contain this water-soluble and heat-sensitive vitamin are overheated or cooked with too much water, or because with the age its absorption becomes difficult due to gastric acid decreased production, or because certain medications, alcohol or high doses of vitamin C reduces its absorption, deficiencies among the North American population aged 55 and over aren’t uncommon and are not always easy to detect.
Anemia, weakness, fatigue, nausea, constipation, and neurological manifestations such as tingling and numbness in the limbs, as well as depression and memory loss, among others, are symptoms associated with cobalamin deficiency.
Yet, for an adult, only 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 are needed each day to ensure adequate intake. It’s exactly what a 50-gram portion (2 slices) of CrickBread provides you with! Imagine: you could start your day’s activities knowing that your vitamin B12 needs are already met.
Where can you find vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 can be found mainly and more significantly in foods of animal origin, because bacterial microorganisms found in the animals’ digestive system produce it :
– Meats (beef, pork and poultry)
– The fishes
– Crustaceans and mollusks
– Dairy products and eggs
– Cricket powder
In smaller quantities, it is also present in foods of plant origin such as certain nuts and seeds, as well as in fermented products such as beer and seaweed.
Perhaps because cricket powder, also known as cricket flour, is not a traditionally consumed protein, many people are unaware that it’s an amazing source of vitamin B12 and therefore a source of joy in small doses.