While I was leafleting about vegetarianism, someone told me they tried to be vegetarian but got iron deficiency.
When someone says this, you might want to ask them if a medical doctor diagnosed them. A lot of people diagnose their own iron deficiency and are likely wrong about it. It’s good to get people to reconsider whether they really had iron deficiency because my suspicion is that a lot of them actually didn’t.
And then you might suggest that they try eating spinach and oranges at the same meal, on a regular basis. The spinach for iron, and the orange for vitamin C which increases iron absorption. Other iron tips:
* Avoiding black or green tea and coffee at meals.
* Adding a source of vitamin C at meals.
* Increasing legume (peanuts, beans, lentils, peas) intake.
* Cooking foods (especially water based acidic foods like tomato sauce)
in cast iron skillets.
More info can be found on the Iron page of VeganHealth.org.