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Why might a teen girl like me on a vegetarian diet need an iron supplement?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

As long as you enjoy a variety of iron-rich vegetarian food choices you can adequately meet your needs. Good sources of iron include: iron-fortified breakfast cereals, beans, seeds, nuts, blackstrap molasses, raisins, figs, broccoli. This said, because iron is an important nutrient especially for teenage girls who may be experiencing loss due to menstruation, you might need a supplement if you are unable to adequately meet your iron needs through diet.

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