Zinc Vegetarian Sources
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Excellent Food Choices Rich in Zinc for Vegetarians
How much zinc does your body require?
The adult male requires 9.4 milligrams of zinc while the adult female requires 6.8 milligrams.
What equals a serving of zinc?
Just one cup of baked beans seasoned with pork contains almost 14 milligrams. That's quite a punch!
Because beans also tend to pack gassy effects, opting for 1/2 cup as a serving size can assist in avoiding potential issues that can cause great discomfort to the body. It's not the zinc content which creates digestive upset - rather the dietary fiber content.
Zinc & Foods With Color for the Vegetarian Diet
Other good choices for zinc include spinach, split peas, asparagus, corn and okra.
If you're into squash - the winter and summer varieties vary significantly in texture, color and flavor. I truly enjoy a tasty zucchini or a straight-necked yellow squash, but I go gaga over winter squash. I prefer it baked rather than boiled and it makes a perfect choice for the Vegetarian diet.
Winter Squash Preparation & Safety Tips
Most varieties of winter squash are a bit challenging to cut in half - so beware. It's very easy for the knife to slip when one is applying great pressure and this could lead to a severed member of the hand - and who wants that?
I soften mine a bit by piercing it and placing the whole specimen - such as an acorn squash into the microwave for about 1 minute. This will create a soften skin that can be more easily cut. Take note that my oven is very anemic - so if you have a super powered one, be sure to keep a close eye on the oven during cooking time.
I simply cut the specimen in half, scoop out the seeds, wash and place flesh-side down into a baking dish that is microwave-proof safe. I add about 2-3 inches of water and cook for about 5-8 minutes. The cooking time varies from specimen to specimen because of the varying sizes.
After removing I drain, add a serving of reduced fat margarine, ground cinnamon and a splash of brown sugar. Now that's healthy and tasty eating! Makes me wish that fall was here again.
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