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Lead-Free Diet

Did you know that lead poisoning can be reduced by the foods we eat or feed our children? Pregnant women and young children are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning which can cause developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, organ damage, and behavioral problems. Foods high in iron and calcium help prevent lead from being absorbed into the body, while Vitamin C aids the body in absorbing more iron.

 

High in Iron:

 

  • Red meats and poultry (turkey, beef, chicken)
  • Oysters, clams, mussels
  • Dry beans and peas
  • Nuts and sunflower seeds
  • Fish *wild caught* (salmon)
  • Iron fortified cereals
  • Whole wheat products
  • Raisins, dates, prunes
  • Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)

 

High in Calcium:

 

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Calcium enriched orange juice
  • Tofu

 

High in Vitamin C:

 

  • Citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, lemons, limes, clementine
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Red/Green bell peppers
  • Summer squash or zucchini

 

 

 

 

 

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