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How to get IRON from plant-based foods

Heather Russell finds that there’s plenty of iron for you in plants

People often worry that cutting out meat will lead to iron deficiency, which is a common nutritional issue all over the world. However, many plant-based foods are rich in iron. Research comparing omnivores with vegetarians and vegans suggests that meat avoidance isn’t linked to lower iron intakes, or lower blood haemoglobin (a protein containing iron). Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to check that you’re getting plenty of iron from your vegan diet.

Targets and sources

In the UK, it’s recommended that most adults aim for a daily iron intake of 8.7mg (milligrams). However, there is a higher target of 14.8mg for those who menstruate to make up for monthly losses; that’s 70% extra!

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