Iron: A Vegan Nutrition Primer

Getting plenty of iron on a vegan diet is easy. Plant foods can be among the richest sources of this nutrient. For example, ½ cup of cooked lentils has nearly twice the iron as four ounces of beef—a food generally thought of as an iron superstar. It’s not surprising that vegans and vegetarians often consume more iron than meat-eaters (1). But vegans also have somewhat higher iron requirements according to the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) which is the group that establishes iron recommendations for Americans. Because iron from plant foods isn’t absorbed as well as iron from meat, the … Continue reading Iron: A Vegan Nutrition Primer