As a dietitian who also happens to be vegetarian, I’m frequently asked: “How do you get enough iron without meat?”
This is a great question because iron deficiency is common in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. In fact, iron deficiency is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the United States.
Getting enough iron with a vegan or vegetarian diet can be easy to do.
In this article, we’ll review the role of iron in the body, plant-based sources of iron, and easy ways to optimize iron absorption.