These 14 Vegetables Contain More Iron Than Meat

The meaty vegetables that contain more iron than beef.

Plant based diets have never been more popular, but with every new food movement, there are nay-sayers.

One of the most popular criticisms you hear of vegan and vegetarian diets is people asking, ‘but where’s the iron?’.

Iron deficiency in humans is very rarely seen by doctors, even vegans who have been plant based for a number of years.

It is one of the biggest fallacies of the nutrition world that is a serious condition that will occur if a person doesn’t eat enough meat, iron deficiency only usually happens when a person has a prior health problem, it is normally nothing to do with diet.

This is because people need a lot less iron than you might think, women and teenagers need 18mg and men only need 9mg.

Iron is found in abundance in the following foods, meaning you won’t need to worry about the perceived loss of iron from your diet if you choose to switch to plant based.


This vegetable is crammed full of iron, and historically has been the vegetable associated with strong bones and muscles. It is rich in iron, vitamin A, and antioxidants and the iron content actually increases when you cook it.
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