Thursday, August 05, 2004

Zinc

Given McKeith's obsession with zinc and sex drive, her discouragement of red meat and dairy seems bizarre.

What foods provide zinc?
'Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the American diet. Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products. Zinc absorption is greater from a diet high in animal protein than a diet rich in plant proteins. Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, can decrease zinc absorption.'

'Vegetarians may need as much as 50% more zinc than non-vegetarians because of the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods, so it is very important for vegetarians to include good sources of zinc in their diet.'

Facts about zinc, National Institute for Health

(Thanks to people who've posted comments about this anomaly)

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