I'm generally anemic. I live the vegan lifestyle for 3 weeks, then when my iron gets low the only thing I know to do is eat some beef. It makes me feel better (although guilty), and then I go back to being a vegan again. How can I get off of this roller coaster? I'd like to be an always-vegan. Thank you.
(By: marsha)

[By: @ 2011-06-11, 18:20 | Reply | Print ]
Category: Becoming a vegan

ANS: Question:

Hi Marsha,

There are several vegan foods that are high in iron. You can also get an iron supplement. I would have to research foods that are high in iron and I am sorry that I do not have the time right now but it is easy to do a web search to find out which vegan foods are high in iron. This way you will also find a complete list and not just a listing of a couple of iron rich vegan foods.

(By: Doc)

[By: @ 2011-06-11, 21:23 | Reply | Print ]
Category: Becoming a vegan

ANS: Question: Iron

3oz (1 serving) of beef has about 3mg of iron in it. To get this much from plants, try:

1 tbs. blackstrap molasses
A 6x slice of watermelon
cup of cooked leafy green vegetables (spinach may have less available iron than other greens)
cup of chickpeas
A little more than 1/2 a cup of cashews
cup walnuts (3.75mg)
cup raisins
cup lima or kidney beans
cup prune juice (5.2mg)
Enriched cereals

You should be eating about 10-18 mg of iron a day. To improve absorption, eat your iron-rich foods with Vitamin C. You can also try cooking in a cast iron pan (tomato sauce cooked in cast iron has about 5.7mg of iron). If all else fails, try a supplement!

For a list of other iron-rich foods, try or

[By: rocketkoala @ 2011-06-13, 21:26 | Reply | Print ]
Category: Becoming a vegan