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First off, I'm really new to this so I hope you'll forgive me if I'm being completely ignorant :p<br><br>
Anyway, I'm a new veggie, and I love donating blood. Before I became a veggie, I'd have red meat before donating so as to up my iron levels. A couple of vegetarians I know are anaemic which prevents them from giving blood. Could anyone maybe tell me about what foods I need to make sure I can continue giving blood?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm no expert, but I think dark leafy greens like spinach are supposed to have lots of iron. I take a multi-vitamin that has iron in it, and eat a wide variety of veggies, so I don't worry too much about it.<br><br><br><br>
Why do you feel the need to boost your iron level before giving blood? Are you anemic?<br><br><br><br>
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There are plenty of veggie foods to keep your iron up. I was anemic before being veg, but have had MORE iron recently!<br><br><br><br>
Here's some sites on veggie nutrition, and veggie sources of iron. Hope they help!<br><br><a href="http://www.vnv.org.au/Nutrition/Iron.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vnv.org.au/Nutrition/Iron.htm</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Dried beans and dark green leafy vegetables are especially good sources of iron, even better on a per calorie basis than meat. Iron absorption is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C along with foods containing iron. Vegetarians do not have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than do meat eaters.</div>
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<br><a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegsoc.org/info/iron.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegsoc.org/info/iron.html</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://veg.ca/content/view/211/110/" target="_blank">http://veg.ca/content/view/211/110/</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Being veggie will NOT keep you from donating blood!
 

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Thank you you two <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> no, I'm not anaemic but I'm just a bit worried - my mum was quite badly anaemic when she was younger, and I always manage to choose the busiest times to give blood - i.e. I have to wait about 45 minutes just to get the iron test, it would be a real annoyance if I got turned away after that!<br><br><br><br>
animallover, thanks for the links <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I, too, was aneminc before I went vegetarian... I don't think my body absorbs iron well from meat sources but it soaks it up from all my vegetables. Which is apparently not the norm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Got some stats for ya...<br><br><br><br>
(Item, amount eaten, amount of mg of iron contained)<br><br><br><br>
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 8.8<br><br>
Blackstrap molasses 2 Tbsp 7.2<br><br>
Lentils, cooked 1 cup 6.6<br><br>
Spinach, cooked 1 cup 6.4<br><br>
Quinoa, cooked 1 cup 6.3<br><br>
Tofu 4 ounces 6.0<br><br>
Bagel, enriched 3 ounces 5.2<br><br>
Tempeh 1 cup 4.8<br><br>
Lima beans, cooked 1 cup 4.4<br><br>
Swiss chard, cooked 1 cup 4.0<br><br>
Black beans, cooked 1 cup 3.6<br><br>
Pinto beans, cooked 1 cup 3.5<br><br>
Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 3.2<br><br>
Chickpeas, cooked 1 cup 3.2<br><br>
Potato 1 large 3.2<br><br>
Kidney beans, cooked 1 cup 3.0<br><br>
Prune juice 8 ounces 3.0<br><br>
Beet greens, cooked 1 cup 2.7<br><br>
Tahini 2 Tbsp 2.7<br><br>
Veggie hot dog 1 hot dog 2.7<br><br>
Peas, cooked 1 cup 2.5<br><br>
Black-eyed peas, cooked 1 cup 2.3<br><br><br><br>
Hope that helped... read the full article here... <a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm</a>
 

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another great source of iron--beyond those food sources combined with a vit C source--is using an iron skillet. it puts iron salts into the food, which are highly absorbable, even more absorbable than non-heme iron. heme iron comes from meat, etc; non-heme from plants (which is why vit c helps) and iron skillets are made with iron, similar to iron salts which are very absorable.<br><br><br><br>
so, another option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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First off, I'm really new to this so I hope you'll forgive me if I'm being completely ignorant :p<br><br>
Anyway, I'm a new veggie, and I love donating blood. Before I became a veggie, I'd have red meat before donating so as to up my iron levels. A couple of vegetarians I know are anaemic which prevents them from giving blood. Could anyone maybe tell me about what foods I need to make sure I can continue giving blood?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I've donated blood three times, twice as a lacto-ovo and once as a vegan. I've never had a problem. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you eat well throughout the day you give blood, and not worry too much specifically about iron.
 

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Some good iron foods are: beans of various types, chickpeas, lentils, dates, dried apricots, wholemeal bread, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Eat them with something containing vitamin C to increase your iron absorption. Oh, and calcium (and tea and coffee) can decrease iron absorption, so don't cover your food in cheese.
 

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I eat lots of chickpeas and lentils, didn't realise they were high in iron! Excellent <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Unfortunately I'm semi-addicted to tea, however. *sigh* Time to cut down methinks.
 

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hi, congratulations on going veggie! if you eat well, you don't need to worry about iron (too much iron in the blood like from red meat actually helps to rust your arteries anyway). However you must ensure you get enough iron-rich foods as even if you are not anaemic, you have to have enough iron stores to qualify before they accept you. Some of the best foods include dried apricots, green leafy veggies (especially broccoli and swiss chard - spinach is actually not that high), plus chickpeas. Also ensure you have some vitamin C after each meal (like fresh fruit), as this helps your body absorb iron better!
 

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hi, congratulations on going veggie! if you eat well, you don't need to worry about iron (too much iron in the blood like from red meat actually helps to rust your arteries anyway).</div>
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it helps to <i>what</i>?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br>
how do arteries RUST? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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Read this article by PCRM founder Dr Neal Barnard. Yes, it's true! <a href="http://www.nutritionadvocate.com/story/iron_overload.html" target="_blank">http://www.nutritionadvocate.com/sto..._overload.html</a>
 
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