Posted on May 20, 2019
Written by Debbie King MS RD LD
Zinc can be found all organs, tissues and fluids in the body. Zinc provides many functions including:
- Optimal growth and development
- Taste ability
- Night vision.
- Proper function of the immune system.
Zinc is widely available from many types of foods, so deficiency is rare in North Americans including vegetarians. The problem arises from phytate, a compound found in grains, nuts, and legumes that reduce our body’s ability to absorb zinc from these foods.
Download our FREE full-color Zinc in Vegetarian Diets resource and discover how to maximize the absorption of zinc from plant foods, choose foods high in zinc, and get menu ideas.