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Doctor_Box t1_j1sq1dk wrote

Anemia is an iron issue. Plenty of plant sources there. As for protein, all plants have all the essential amino acids in varying amounts. As long as you're eating a variety of plants(not highly processed refined stuff) and getting enough calories, you're getting enough protein. Otherwise focus on beans, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds for maximum protein. There are also things like Seitan made from wheat that is 75% protein by weight.


boynamedsue8 t1_j1suvol wrote

I’m aware it’s an iron issue. Took iron supplements along with adding hemp to my protein shakes and radically changing my diet and yup I still needed to eat meat.


Doctor_Box t1_j1svyis wrote

I'm not sure what radical changes you made to your diet but meat is not really required and heme iron has some other detrimental effects. I can't argue with your specific case but if you are interested in trying again here are some resources.

Vegan society recommendation: Good plant sources of iron include lentils, chickpeas, beans, tofu, cashew nuts, chia seeds, ground linseed, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, kale, dried apricots and figs, raisins, quinoa and fortified breakfast cereal.

Another good article.

A pro tip is to add citrus or a vitamin c source to your meal to help with absorption and avoid caffeine around the meal which can decrease absorption.


MilkshakeBoy78 t1_j1syo9w wrote

Eat some spinach and nuts.


Tuggerfub t1_j1tdgrg wrote

The notion that spinach is loaded with iron was a clerical error.

Some nurse put the decimal in the wrong place, but voila, the myth and the superpowers of Popeye were born. Incidentally it's also the origin of where the idea of 'powerups' in video games comes from (because a Popeye game started the convention).

If someone has a deficiency that impacts how their brain, blood, or other critical functions work, and you're not a specialist, maybe no?


MilkshakeBoy78 t1_j1tf645 wrote

100 grams of spinach has one more milligram of iron compared to 100 grams of beef. 2.7mg vs 2.6mg

if you're arguing for needing meat to survive and properly function than get off your high horse.

pistachios contain 14mg of iron per 100g of pistachios...