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Zinc and Vegetarian Diets
Medical Journal of Australia
  • Angela V. Saunders, Berkeley Vale
  • Winston J. Craig, Andrews University
  • Surinder K. Baines, University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine
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© 2012 Australasian Medical Publishing Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. • Well planned vegetarian diets can provide adequate amounts of zinc from plant sources.• Vegetarians appear to adapt to lower zinc intakes by increased absorption and retention of zinc.• Good sources of zinc for vegetarians include whole grains, tofu, tempeh, legumes, nuts and seeds, fortified breakfast cereals and dairy products.• The inhibitory effects of phytate on absorption of zinc can be minimised by modern food-processing methodssuch as soaking, heating, sprouting, fermenting and leavening.• Absorption of zinc can be improved by using yeastbased breads and sourdough breads, sprouts, and presoaked legumes.• Studies show vegetarians have similar serum zinc concentrations to, and no greater risk of zinc deficiency than, non-vegetarians (despite differences in zinc intake).

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Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness
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Angela V. Saunders, Winston J. Craig and Surinder K. Baines. "Zinc and Vegetarian Diets" Medical Journal of Australia Vol. 199 Iss. S4 (2012) p. 17 - 22
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