Iron in the Vegan/Vegetarian Diet

Dried beans and dark green leafy vegetables are especially good sources of iron, even better on a per calorie basis than meat. Iron absorption is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C along with foods containing iron. Vegetarians do not have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than do meat eaters.

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10 Responses to Iron in the Vegan/Vegetarian Diet

  1. Bunya boy October 11, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Great idea – well done

    • Captain Blood January 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks Bunya Boy!

  2. danashop.ru April 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Some might expect that since the vegan diet contains a form of iron that is not that well absorbed, vegans might be prone to developing iron deficiency anemia. However, surveys of vegans

  3. Chupacabras May 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    The difference between vegetarians and vegans is eggs and dairy products, and the latter contain almost no iron. When someone goes from vegetarian to vegan they are replacing dairy products with plant-based ones, all of which contain some iron, therefore increasing the total iron in the diet.

    • Captain Blood July 12, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      Hi there.

      Thanks for your input.

      Captain Blood

  4. RMAU June 16, 2016 at 2:34 am #

    The difference between vegetarians and vegans is eggs and dairy products, and the latter contain almost no iron. When someone goes from vegetarian to vegan they are replacing dairy products with plant-based ones, all of which contain some iron, therefore increasing the total iron in the diet.

    • Captain Blood March 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your input.

      Captain Blood

    • Captain Blood March 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hosting Italia July 1, 2016 at 12:56 am #

    It is easy to obtain iron on a vegan diet. Table 3 shows several menus whose iron content is markedly higher than the RDA for iron.

    • Captain Blood July 12, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      Thanks for your input.

      Cheers,
      Captain Blood

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