Originally Posted by Arrowwind09
I was a vegetarian for 13 years. almost 3 years mostly raw foods. It was during the raw food period that I got melanoma.
In the correct combination of beans and rice a complete protien can be found. But because of the significant deficiencies found in B12 in many many vegetarians, I would say that it indicates we all should be eating meat.
Ouch! Melanoma! Bad, bad, bad. I assume you worked though that.
Plant sources of protein (amino acids) include whole grains, rice, corn, beans, legumes, oatmeal, peas, and peanut butter. For vegetarians, vegans and/or those who do not eat meat, fish, eggs, or dairy products, it is important to eat a variety of these other foods in order to get enough protein.
I agree with the B12 deficiency with vegetarians. This is important to realize.
It can take 5 to 6 years for the body to show B12 deficiency. The liver amazingly is able to store B12 this long. At max, 6 years. So a vegetarian will think things are going very well for a long while.
You need B12 to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen through your body. Not having enough B12 can lead to anemia, which means your body does not have enough red blood cells to do the job. This can make you feel weak and tired.
* Feel weak, tired, and lightheaded.
* Have pale skin.
* Have a sore, red tongue or bleeding gums.
* Feel sick to your stomach and lose weight.
* Have diarrhea or constipation.
If the level of vitamin B12 stays low for a long time, it can damage your nerve cells. If this happens, you may have:
* Numbness or tingling in your fingers and toes.
* A poor sense of balance.
* Dementia, a loss of mental abilities.