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Vitamin B12 Deficency; how can I get my toddler to eat foods high in B12?

Any ideas or thoughts? Any ways to sneak them into her diet? She drinks 3 cups of organic skim milk per day, eats lots of cheese but it not big on meat. She just turned 2 last month.

Thanks!

 
texasgurl33

Asked by texasgurl33 at 1:37 PM on Jun. 1, 2009 in Food & Drink

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Answers (5)
  • Nutritional yeast is a great source of B12. You can sprinkle it on popcorn (it has a nutty cheesy flavor) or make cheesy flavored sauces for things like pasta, veggies, or make a thick sauce and make a grilled 'cheese' sandwich. Most foods are supplemented too like cereals, bread, and soy milk.

    If all else fails you can always give a supplement, either a multi-vitamin (good for nutritional insurance for a picky child anyway) or a B-12 supplement to slip under his tongue. A good health food store should be able to advise you on an appropriate product.
    RhondaVeggie

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 9:18 PM on Jun. 1, 2009

  • Buy sublingual b12 tablets. They taste like strawberry and dissolve on the toungue. Also, if you are short on b vitamins it can be an indication the iron is low. Have iron checked. :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Jun. 1, 2009

  • First of all, I am under the strong impression that you should never give toddlers and young children skim milk. They need whole milk; 2% at the very least. And since you stated "organic" I suppose that you are very nutrition-conscious. I have found a few websites that you might find helpful. One of them has recipes included. As for sneaking them into the diet? I'm sorry, but I don't really have a good answer for that one. I know that there are cookbooks with the titles that say something about sneaky foods for kids. Maybe you could ask your library or local bookstore to help you find them.

    http://www.aolhealth.com/conditions/vitamin-b12-deficiency-anemia?flv=1

    http://www.swedish.org/15381.cfm

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=107

    http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/vitamin-b12-super-foods-47012607
    PSMother

    Answer by PSMother at 5:07 PM on Jun. 1, 2009

  • I second the vote for nutrionalal yeast. Let me know if you would like some kid-friendly recipes.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:27 AM on Jun. 2, 2009

  • By the way, organic plant based milks cost less than organic cow milk...
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:28 AM on Jun. 2, 2009

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