Boosting Your Iron Intake Without Eating Meat
By Nina Cherie Franklin - Nutrition.Answers.com Expert
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Iron is one of the most important minerals your body needs. Specifically, iron plays a critical role in the formation of hemoglobin, which is primarily responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to all the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. Red meat, liver, and other organ meats are commonly touted for their iron-rich content. However, there are many other ways to boost your iron intake without eating an ounce of meat.
Get a Daily Dose of Spinach
You can get a huge dose of #iron by eating just one cup of cooked spinach every day. In addition to iron, spinach contains incredibly large amounts of fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Spinach is also highly concentrated with the carotenoid antioxidant beta-carotene, which has been shown to protect against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. If you’re not a fan of spinach, Swiss chard is a great alternative.
Learn to Love Lentils
Lentils are by far one of the most valuable sources of iron with over 35 percent of the daily recommended intake in just one cup. They also contain extremely high quantities of fiber including natural resistant starch. In addition to their high iron and fiber content, lentils are incredibly rich in protein, disease-fighting flavonoids, and many other important nutrients (folate, phosphorous, and zinc).
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