Am J Clin Nutr. 1988 Sep; 48(3 Suppl): 859-62.
Mineral adequacy of vegetarian diets.
Division of Graduate Nutrition, University of Texas, Austin 78712.
The bioavailability of a number of minerals may be altered by the special characteristics of vegetarian diets. Concern has centered on both inadequate and high dietary levels of specific minerals as well as reduced bioavailability because of a variety of dietary components. The possibility that plant-based diets may compromise mineral status is briefly reviewed for the following minerals: zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and copper.