12 Top Vegan Iron Sources
If you are a vegan, what is the first argument you hear from meat-eating advocates? Well the sarcastic ones might say something about plants having feelings too, but the most popular rebuttal usually has something to do with iron. And yes iron is an essential mineral because it contributes to the production of blood cells. The human body needs iron to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. But just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you’re going to wither away with anemia. However, anemia is not something to be taken lightly. Love This? Thanks for subscribing! Iron Requirements The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommends the following: Infants and children • Younger than 6 months: 0.27 milligrams per day (mg/day) • 7 months to 1 year: 11 mg/day • 1 to 3 years: 7 mg/day • 4 to 8 years: 10 mg/day Males • 9 to 13 years: 8 mg/day • 14 to 18 years: 11 mg/day • Age 19 and older: 8 mg/day Tips to get the most iron out of your food:
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