Add these 5 delicious vegetarian iron rich foods to your diet to ensure you’re meeting your daily needs!
Iron is one of the essential nutrients, meaning it’s vital we choose food sources with viable iron in them. Without food sources of iron, the body is unable to synthesize it on its own.
When we hear iron, we often first think of animal-based sources rather than plant-based. Additionally, iron is one of the most common vegan nutrient deficiencies we see as dietitians.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways we can get iron through a plant-based diet alone.
Plant-Based Iron vs. Iron in Meat
Before we start talking food sources, there’s a key difference between plant-based and animal-based iron we need to discuss.
First, we have plant-based iron (otherwise known as non-heme iron or ferric iron). Plant-based iron is a little bit harder for the body to absorb and utilize,…