Vegetarian Alert

Seek out iron-rich foods

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(HealthDayNews) -- Vegetarian diets are often touted as healthier alternatives to meat and fish diets. However, vegetarians can risk low iron levels unless they make a conscious effort to seek out good sources of iron.

The University of Toronto Health Service suggests these iron-rich foods:

  • tofu
  • lentils
  • chick peas
  • beans
  • nuts
  • grains and cereals
  • green leafy vegetables
  • seaweeds
  • dried fruit

Also note that some products like the tannins in teas -- not in herbal teas -- can decrease the body's iron absorption.

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