Anemia and vegetarianism

Anemia and vegetarianism

Vegetarians tend to have lower iron status than meat eaters. This does not mean non vegetarians are never anemic. Poor eating habits can cause problems.

But a well planned vegetarian diet can meet iron needs. But vegetarains sources provide the kind of iron which cannot be absorbed by the body properly. Even excessive fiber intake too can bind and hinder the iron absorption.

There are many ways to improve iron absorption and this can be done by including Vitamin C in the diet. Squeezing lemon onto greens and salads can increase the absorption.

Having a glass of tomato juice as tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, can be had with any meal.

Germination or sprouting and fermentation too increase the iron content in food.

Foods cooked in iron vessels will have increased iron content.

Tea and coffee too seem to interfere with iron absorption. Hence keep them at minimum.

Hence vegetarians can keep iron deficiency away.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “Anemia and vegetarianism”

  1. There was a post/article on “Green leaves” from Sanjana.It is missing now from “Read Similar posts” list. Can I have it back in the list please. There were no comments for it so far, but I would like to say something.

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