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Iron is well-absorbed from soybeans.

Soybeans are a major source of iron for many vegetarians and for many people worldwide. Questions have been raised about how well the iron from soybeans is absorbed. In other words, even if soybeans are high in iron, are we able to absorb and use that iron? Eighteen women with marginal iron deficiency were fed meals containing soybeans. Iron absorption was measured. The iron in the soybeans appeared to be well-absorbed, suggesting that soybeans can be a good source of iron for people with a marginal deficiency.

Murray-Kolb LE, Welch R, Theil EC, Beard JL. 2003. Women with low iron stores absorb iron from soybeans. Am J Clin Nutr 77:180-4.
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Title Annotation:Scientific update: a review of recent scientific papers related to vegetarianism
Author:Mangels, Reed
Publication:Vegetarian Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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