Moving Toward a Plant-based Diet: Are Iron and Zinc at Risk?
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
2002 International Life Sciences Institute
Volume 60, Issue 5, pages 127–134, May 2002
How to Cite
Hunt, J. R. (2002), Moving Toward a Plant-based Diet: Are Iron and Zinc at Risk?. Nutrition Reviews, 60: 127–134. doi: 10.1301/00296640260093788
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
- phytate-containing legumes;
- whole grains;
- plant-based diet;
With reduced intake of meat and increased intake of phytate-containing legumes and whole grains, movement toward plant-based diets reduces dietary iron and zinc absorption. Although vegetarians have lower iron stores, adverse health effects of lower iron and zinc absorption have not been demonstrated with varied, plant-based diets consumed in developed countries. Improved assessment methods and monitoring are needed to detect and prevent possible iron and zinc deficiency with plant-based diets.