Jan 25, 2007
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the U.S. and worldwide. The groups that are most susceptible are women who menstruate (that is, women of childbearing age), pregnant and lactating women, teenagers, and children aged 6 months to 4 years. This is true for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I repeat: This is true for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Once again, this is not a case where vegans have to be concerned and non-vegetarians don't. This essential mineral is abundant in plant-based foods and is better absorbed with vitamin C-rich foods. In this episode, I debunk myths about iron, name some iron-rich plant-based foods, explain why overconsumption of iron is a cause for concern, and even suggest that we give our blood away! Tune in for tips and resources on making healthful, compassionate choices.