661-Pete wrote:Spinach isn't the best vegan source of dietary iron: cooked pulses especially dried beans are far better. Nor will spinach (tinned or otherwise!) endow you with the superhuman strength needed to dispel Bluto - sorry aspiring Popeyes!Tangled Metal wrote:One small piece of red meat can give your body the iron intake from something like 10 large portions of spinach. The iron in meat is easily absorbed but iron from spinach I believe doesn't always get into your system efficiently hence the need for more to be eaten.
True but the programme that I referenced with the spinach option let people pick the food that would give them enough iron. They could pick a much of whatever they chose so could pick enough spinach of they felt it was needed.
The point being the people that the show recruited from general public were asked to pick food to give them the iron they needed and mostly got it wrong. They could pick the type of food and the quantity needed. They sometimes picked the right foods but wrong quantity such as the spinach. Sometimes they picked meat that was a good source and enough quantity. Others picked the wrong foods.
The indications with new vegans making that switch than ever before without the foresight to learn what a healthy vegan diet is will result in health issues down the line. That it's already indicating itself according to some expert's research is a concern.
It does feel that the UK relationship with food isn't as healthy as other countries to me. It's not just food but UK relationship with alcohol is also a problem more than many other European nations.