Vegetarian Eating for Children and Adolescents

Laurie Dunham, MS, RD, LD; Linda M. Kollar, RN, MSN


J Pediatr Health Care. 2006;20(1):27-34. 

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Zinc absorption also is affected by the phytates that occur naturally in whole grains and legumes. Some vegetarians may require a higher intake of zinc than the dietary reference intake. Methods such as soaking dried beans, then discarding the soaking water before cooking, will help enhance zinc absorption (Gibson, Fiona, Drost, Mtitimuni, & Cullinan, 1998). Additional plant sources of zinc include cereals, tofu, legumes, nuts, wheat germ, and whole-grain pasta. Yeast-leavened bread, tempeh, and miso also contain zinc.


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