Iron Rich Foods For Vegetarians

The human body absorbs heme iron–found only in meat and eggs–more easily than it absorbs the non-heme iron provided by vegetables. When non-heme iron is consumed with vitamin C, however, the body absorbs it at least as easily as iron from animal sources. Fortunately, most vegetarian sources of iron also contain vitamin C or are easily paired with foods rich in this vitamin. This may be why vegetarians do not suffer from iron deficiency at a greater rate than omnivores, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group.

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