|I am a vegetarian, but since I have been pregnant all I
can think about is meat! I am finding this quite alarming,
and suppose it means that my body is short of iron. What
good vegetable sources are there other than spinach? I heard
someone say that you have to eat a truckload of spinach
to get your daily iron requirement! Is that true?
Craving meat could definitely be a sign that you are short
of iron, but since it is also a protein
it could also mean
that you short of good sources of protein. All animal meats
and duck are good sources of iron. But
if you are willing to eat fish, you can also get iron from
oysters and sardines. It is best to eat the oysters cooked
while you are pregnant.
Many vegetables also contain iron, but in small amounts
and it is not easy to digest.
Good vegetable sources include:
- Jersalem artichokes
- Potato skins
- Cooked legumes such as lentils and beans
- Soya products
- Dried fruit
Try to take your iron rich foods with a source of vitamin
C. Also avoid taking caffeine or calcium rich foods when
you take your iron sources, in order to digest the most
iron that you can.
However, as a vegetarian you may have to consider taking
an iron supplement, especially as the
Discuss this option with your doctor.
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