Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for healthy functioning. Micronutrient deficiency is a serious health condition caused by consuming too little of a specific micronutrient. Many vegan dieters are at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency since plant-based foods are very low in this nutrient. 
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is typically found in foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy. For this reason, many vegans and vegetarians become deficient. Vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell and nerve functioning. A deficiency in b12 can lead to fatigue, memory problems, difficulty breathing, numbness, and balance troubles.
In order to obtain sufficient levels of b12 for healthy functioning, vegan dieters must supplement with a cobalamin supplement and/or consume high enough levels of vegan keto foods (like soy or enriched yeast extract).
Other micronutrients that vegan dieters tend to be deficient in include creatine, DHA (omega-3 fatty acid), carnosine, and iron. All four of the nutrients are found in the highest quantities in meat and fish. They can be supplemented in order to support a healthy diet. 
Even if you are staying under your carb limit and hitting your protein goal, you may find that you are still eating too few calories. Since a vegan diet primarily consists of vegetables, it is volume-dense and can lead to feeling fuller faster. Pair that with healthy fats and you’re sure to be satiated quickly.
Even if your goal is weight loss; however, make sure that you are not cutting calories down too severely. Suddenly dropping 500-1000 calories a day can have negative long-term impacts, even if you lose weight quickly in the short term. Make sure to slowly decrease your calories if weight loss is your primary goal.
Tips For Success On A Vegan Keto Diet!
Here are a few tips to help find success on a vegan keto diet!
- Avoid processed oils like vegetable oil and canola oil and stick to healthy plant-based fats like avocado, oil, and coconut oil.
- Add fat sources to proteins like soy to ensure you are hitting your protein and fat goals
- Keep a close eye on carb count when eating berries and other fruits
- Vegan protein powders may help you hit your protein goals, but they probably aren’t complete sources of protein. Make sure to add in foods like soy in order to obtain all essential amino acids.
- Supplementing with vitamin B12, vegan DHA, creatine, carnosine, and iron can help prevent nutritional deficiencies.
Top Vegan Keto Foods
Here are ten foods that are both keto and vegan friendly. They are low in carbs and packed full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut (unsweetened shredded or flakes)
- Cocoa Butter
- Coconut oil
- Acai (plain, unsweetened, unflavored)
Do You Follow a Vegan Keto Diet?
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