excellent post, mikie!Originally posted by mikie
Iodine, Iron and Protein are taken for granted in nonveg*n diets because the animals and their products that some people eat have them in larger amounts than the plant products that veg*ns eat. Why? Animals who eat plants take the nutrients in those plants to heart (puns)! When we eat animal products we're taken the nutrients their bodies worked hard to extract from plants from them. If one only eat plants, the body must do the extraction by itself.
I sure hope that made sense!
Iodine is found in small amounts in many plants, and large amounds in many seaweeds. If you use iodinized salt, there isn't much to worry about. If you take a multivitamin with iodine there is nothing to worry about.
Iron is found in two forms. The more absorbable form is found in meat because the animal has already absorbed it for us. If you eat only plants your body will start to absorb the other form at a higher percentage than a meateaters body does. There are two comforting things to be found about the level of iron in a veg*n diet. 1) Veg*ns are no more likely to be iron deficient than nonveg*ns. 2) There are negative consequences of having too much iron in the body. Again, take a multivitamin with iron for peace of mind if you must!
Protein is made out of amino acids. There are 22 amino acids of which 8 must be attained from the diet and 14 can be manufactured by the body. Animals eat plants and make protein out of the amino acids in plants (just like we will if we eat plants). If you eat an animal you will eat the protein the animal has made for its body.
All 8 essential amino acids are found in soy and quinoa products. All other plants have some amino acids in them. If you eat a healthy varied diet you will easily get all of the amino acids your body will need to make all the protein it could ever dream of having.