News

Researchers Uncover Plant-Based B12 Breakthrough

University of Kent researchers find that animals absolutely not necessary to the production of the essential vitamin which is readily produced by common garden cress.

A team of researchers at the University of Kent in England recently discovered that the herb common garden cress can be used to prevent cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency. The findings, published in scientific journal Cell Chemical Biology reveal that the vitamin—commonly taken in the form of plant-derived supplements by vegans—is readily available in the leaves of garden cress after the plant grows in a fortified growth medium. Previously, B12 was thought to be mostly produced by certain gut bacteria present in animals. “This finding may be important as a way to address the global challenge of providing a nutrient-complete vegetarian diet,” the researchers state, “a valuable development as the world becomes increasingly meat-free due to population expansion.”

More News

Vegan Egg Just Scramble Expands to Washington DC

Food technology startup JUST expands its vegan mung bean-based scrambled egg replacer to Equinox, the second restaurant to offer the innovative product in the United States.
Read More »

Cultured Koji Dog Food Has More Protein Than Steak

An independent study found that new clean-meat startup Wild Earth's fungus-based companion animal foods contain 45-percent protein by weight—compared to only 24-percent found in steak.
Read More »

Vegan Narwhal Ice Cream Debuts for Summer

Ottawa ice cream shop Little Jo Berry's honors the "unicorn of the sea" with a blue-hued, horned, and totally vegan frozen treat.
Read More »

New Vegan Grocery Store Opens in North Carolina

In addition to a variety of grocery items, Wilmington's new store UpBeet Market features a vegan jerky tower, beer-filling station, and a variety of dairy-free cheeses.
Read More »

800 Sets of Vegan Frosting Sell in 10 Minutes on QVC

Home-shoppers snatch up Dollop Gourmet's vegan frostings made by Cupcake Wars winner and author Heather Saffer.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »