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Food Sources of Zinc
Mineral
A Research Report By
Mr Allah Dad Khan
Zinc
 Zinc is necessary for many of the body’s processes and most people are
chronically deficient in this vital mineral....
Zinc
 It also plays a role in the body’s ability to heal itself after an injury. Zinc
supports your sense of smell and is...
Beef

Beef is a great food for upping your
Zinc levels because ounce for ounce
it has more zinc than many other
foods. Th...
Beef Liver

Beef liver gets it’s own spot on our
list because it is so different than
ordinary beef. It ranks higher in
s...
Brown Rice

Brown rice is always a good
substitute for white rice, because it
has a lower Glycemic Index score,
has more ...
Cashews

These healthy nuts are sometimes
avoided because of the Nutrition
Information label which shows how
high in fat ...
Chickpeas
 Chickpeas
These might also be labeled
Garbanzo Beans in the store, but it’s
still chickpeas. These are what is...
Cereals:
 Fortified cereals like bran, whole
grain and multigrain cereals
contain high amounts of zinc. It
should be kept...
Crab

If love to eat crab legs, there’s
good news, it’s relatively high in
Zinc and can help you meet your
daily needs in...
Dark Chocolate
 Dark Chocolate
As if you needed any additional
reasons to eat chocolate, here’s
one more. You’re getting ...
Egg Yolks

The yolks of eggs specifically are a
good source of Zinc. The whites, not
so much, which is why you’re missing...
Flax Seeds

Flax seeds get a lot of attention
because of their omega-3 and fiber,
but it’s also a good source of Zinc.
Ke...
Fruits:
 Fruits generally do not contain
abundant amounts of zinc but
there are certain fruits that are
the richest sourc...
Garlic
 Garlic
Garlic has a long list of health
benefits, not the least of which is
that it provides a respectable
amount...
Kidney beans

Kidney beans are a great non-meat
source of Zinc, which is good news
for vegans and vegetarians looking to
...
Lamb

Lamb often gets overlooked on the
meat scene because of its higher fat
content, but in some countries
around the wo...
Lima Beans

Mom says: Eat your lima beans! Turns
out she was onto something, and
lima beans put up pretty good
numbers in...
Lobster

Lobster may only get eaten on
special occasions because of its
priciness, but when you do eat it
you’re getting ...
Mushrooms

Regardless of which mushrooms
you go with, there will likely be a
good amount of Zinc in them.
Mushrooms are a...
Nuts:
 Nuts can also be considered as
good sources of zinc. Cashews, in
particular, are rich in this mineral
with 100 gra...
 Oysters
The amount of Zinc in oysters varies,
but will always be enough for the day
if you get a 100 gram serving. The
b...
Peanuts

Peanuts can be used as a snack to
hold you over between meals, and
they also provide plenty of Zinc to
help the ...
Peas

Peas are one of those quintessential
side dishes, and for it’s pretty clear
why. They taste good and provide a
wide...
Pumpkin seeds
 Pumpkin Seeds
Chances are, you’re not eating
enough pumpkin seeds. If you save
this as an annual October t...
Salmon

Salmon often ranks on lists of the
healthiest foods you can eat, and
for good reason. It’s high in omega-
3s and ...
Sesame Seeds
 Sesame Seeds
If the only time you think about
sesame seeds is when they’re on a
sesame seed bun, it’s time ...
Shellfish
 Shellfish like crabs, clams, lobsters
and mussels are powerful sources
of zinc that are prior included in
the ...
Shrimp

Shrimp serves as a good food for Zinc
intake, and also provides other
benefits like being a high quality
protein,...
Spinach

Spinach may not be the food with
the most Zinc in it, but it holds its
own considering that it’s a plant
source....
Squash Seeds
 Another popular Middle Eastern
seed, squash seeds contain around
10mg of zinc per 100g serving. You
can rem...
Turkey

Turkey doesn’t show up quite as
much as chicken and is typically
reserved for sandwiches throughout
the year, and...
Vegetables:
 Certain vegetables are also good
sources of zinc. These include
soybeans, lima beans and peas. A cup
serving...
Wheat Germ
 An excellent additive to sprinkle on
your salad, toasted wheat germ
offers 17mg of zinc per 100g
serving. Thi...
Watermelon Seeds
 Watermelon seeds
Here’s a seed that often gets spit
out, and many times doesn’t even
show up because th...
Food sources of zinc mineral  By Mr Allah Dad Khan Former Director General  Agriculture Extension  Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Pro...
Food sources of zinc mineral  By Mr Allah Dad Khan Former Director General  Agriculture Extension  Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Pro...
Food sources of zinc mineral  By Mr Allah Dad Khan Former Director General  Agriculture Extension  Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Pro...
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Food sources of zinc mineral By Mr Allah Dad Khan Former Director General Agriculture Extension Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Province , VP Agriculture University Peshawar

  1. 1. Food Sources of Zinc Mineral A Research Report By Mr Allah Dad Khan
  2. 2. Zinc  Zinc is necessary for many of the body’s processes and most people are chronically deficient in this vital mineral. It is an active agent in our body’s ability to metabolize food and nutrients. It is also involved with triggering over 100 differing internal enzymes required for many metabolic actions. Zinc is also crucial for the health of the human immune system. It aids growth through its role in protein building and synthesis, and is therefore particularly needed in pregnant and lactating women
  3. 3. Zinc  It also plays a role in the body’s ability to heal itself after an injury. Zinc supports your sense of smell and is commonly linked to healthy eyes, skin and hair. We must ensure that we get enough zinc in our diet, potentially from zinc supplements, as the body does not naturally have a zinc storage system.  There are many foods that contain zinc, but the following list of foods possess the highest amounts of naturally-occurring zinc. These foods would be a great addition to any diet
  4. 4. Beef  Beef is a great food for upping your Zinc levels because ounce for ounce it has more zinc than many other foods. This means that a reasonable serving of beef will yield you more Zinc for your efforts. Some other foods on this list may have more Zinc, but it’s unlikely that you would eat very much of that food in one sitting, like pumpkin seeds. But a nice serving of steak will go a long way in the Zinc department for that day. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (4.18 milligrams), 254 calories.
  5. 5. Beef Liver  Beef liver gets it’s own spot on our list because it is so different than ordinary beef. It ranks higher in several categories than beef does, including having slightly higher levels of Zinc. But it doesn’t stop there. It outdoes beef as well as a many foods typically thought of as being healthy in many things like potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin B- 12. It may be harder to find than ordinary beef, but it’s worth seeking out. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (4.25 milligrams), 175 calories.d
  6. 6. Brown Rice  Brown rice is always a good substitute for white rice, because it has a lower Glycemic Index score, has more potassium, more magnesium, moreselenium, and fewer carbohydrates. We’ve seen higher Zinc counts in other foods, but the likelihood of eating a 100 gram serving of brown rice is pretty doable. That’s why it makes a great side to any meat dish, and can also be incorporated into thousands of recipes in place of white rice. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (2.02 milligrams), 111 calories.
  7. 7. Cashews  These healthy nuts are sometimes avoided because of the Nutrition Information label which shows how high in fat they are. But much of their fat content is monounsaturated, a healthy fat. The Zinc content in cashews is another reason to use this as a healthy snack that can tide you over between meals, or be used in a recipe to enhance flavor, replace dairy products in a vegan recipe, or add a bit of buttery crunchiness. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (5.35 milligrams), 553 calories.
  8. 8. Chickpeas  Chickpeas These might also be labeled Garbanzo Beans in the store, but it’s still chickpeas. These are what is used in hummus, and is pretty much a staple in vegetarian cuisine because of its many healthy properties. Zinc would have to be one of them. You’re getting a good amount of it here, while keeping your calories down, getting extra fiber, as well as protein. It’s a very well-rounded food that can help you feel full and give you additional vitamins and minerals. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (3.43 milligrams), 119 calories.
  9. 9. Cereals:  Fortified cereals like bran, whole grain and multigrain cereals contain high amounts of zinc. It should be kept in mind that such cereals also contain phytates which bind with the zinc in them and prevent proper absorption. Cereals with high sugar levels should also be avoided as the high sugar content is enough to neutralize the health benefits of zinc.
  10. 10. Crab  If love to eat crab legs, there’s good news, it’s relatively high in Zinc and can help you meet your daily needs in this area. Crab is also a good source of protein, and doesn’t weigh you down with a lot of calories. It’s very low in fat, but you’ll want to watch out for the sodium levels, which can run rather high, leading to water retention and an increase in blood pressure. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (2.8 milligrams), 84 calories.
  11. 11. Dark Chocolate  Dark Chocolate As if you needed any additional reasons to eat chocolate, here’s one more. You’re getting quite a bit of Zinc in chocolate, but of course it’s also pretty high in calories so you don’t want to overdo it. There are antioxidants in dark chocolate that you don’t get with milk chocolate, and you end up avoiding a lot of the sugar and added fat if you stick to dark chocolate. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (9.6 milligrams), 546 calories.
  12. 12. Egg Yolks  The yolks of eggs specifically are a good source of Zinc. The whites, not so much, which is why you’re missing out on a lot if you only opt for egg whites. Egg yolks contain all of the vitamins that are in an egg as well, so by eating the yolk you may be getting more fat but you’re also getting Vitamins A, E, D and K, as well as additional amounts of minerals, which more than make up for any potential drawbacks. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (4.93 milligrams), 322 calories.
  13. 13. Flax Seeds  Flax seeds get a lot of attention because of their omega-3 and fiber, but it’s also a good source of Zinc. Keep in mind that this is one food that you won’t be eating a mouthful at a time, but it can be used as part of a Zinc-conscious eating plan to get your total numbers up. They can be sprinkled on just about anything for added nutrition. Try pouring some into soups and smoothies and you won’t even know it’s there. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (5 milligrams), 534 calories.
  14. 14. Fruits:  Fruits generally do not contain abundant amounts of zinc but there are certain fruits that are the richest sources of this mineral. Pomegranates top the list with one fresh pomegranate providing 1 mg of zinc. Avocados are also high in zinc providing 1.3 mg in one medium fruit. Berries are good sources of zinc too. A cup of blackberries contain about 0.8 mg while raspberries and loganberries each contain 0.5 mg of zinc. A cup serving of dates provides 0.4 mg of zinc.
  15. 15. Garlic  Garlic Garlic has a long list of health benefits, not the least of which is that it provides a respectable amount of Zinc. Granted, it’s not going to be able to take a big chunk out of your Zinc requirements for the day when used in cooking, but it can contribute and add to the day’s total. Garlic also has cleansing properties, and has long been linked to anti-cancer effects and a healthier heart. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (1.16 milligrams), 149 calories.
  16. 16. Kidney beans  Kidney beans are a great non-meat source of Zinc, which is good news for vegans and vegetarians looking to get the Zinc requirements met. These beans are also helpful in maintaining healthy blood glucose levels, providing energy and keeping you feeling full for long periods without a subsequent crash. They can be eaten as a side dish by themselves or added to any entree to boost fiber intake and add additional protein. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (2.79 milligrams), 127 calories.
  17. 17. Lamb  Lamb often gets overlooked on the meat scene because of its higher fat content, but in some countries around the world it is just as popular as beef. The Zinc it contains is reason enough to start adding it to your menu rotation, and you can opt for cuts of lamb that are a bit leaner than others. Ask your butcher for lean cuts, or simply pick out ones that have less visible fat at the store. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (8.66 milligrams), 264 calories.
  18. 18. Lima Beans  Mom says: Eat your lima beans! Turns out she was onto something, and lima beans put up pretty good numbers in the Zinc column. Remember not to go overboard with any one food, and shoot for a variety of different foods to meet your needs. Lima beans are relatively low in calories and help the body in a number of ways including adding more fiber, protein, folate, iron and magnesium. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (2.83 milligrams), 126 calories.
  19. 19. Lobster  Lobster may only get eaten on special occasions because of its priciness, but when you do eat it you’re getting a big boost of Zinc without a lot of calories being added to the bottom line. Of course lobster often gets dunked in melted butter, but that butter should be clarified making it ghee, a healthier form of butter that is free of the impurities that ordinary butter contains. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (7.27 milligrams), 89 calories.
  20. 20. Mushrooms  Regardless of which mushrooms you go with, there will likely be a good amount of Zinc in them. Mushrooms are a great add-on to any meal, and they can flavor up a pizza or simply be cooked up and eaten as a side dish. They have a healthy assortment of vitamins and minerals, and several types of mushrooms have been shown to have anti-cancer benefits. Serving Size of Shiitake mushrooms (100 grams), Zinc (7.66 milligrams), 34 calories.
  21. 21. Nuts:  Nuts can also be considered as good sources of zinc. Cashews, in particular, are rich in this mineral with 100 grams serving providing 5.6 mg or 37% DV of zinc. Other nuts containing zinc include pine nuts (12% DV), pecans, (9% DV), almonds, peanuts and walnuts (6% DV each) and hazelnuts (5% DV). 
  22. 22.  Oysters The amount of Zinc in oysters varies, but will always be enough for the day if you get a 100 gram serving. The benefit of eating foods high in Zinc rather than taking a Zinc supplement is that your body can easily process excess levels of a mineral that comes from natural sources. This is why you don’t have to worry that a serving of oysters provides more Zinc than what is needed, your body will simply expel what it doesn’t need. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (16-182 milligrams), 199 calories.
  23. 23. Peanuts  Peanuts can be used as a snack to hold you over between meals, and they also provide plenty of Zinc to help the cause. Consider eating peanut butter if you don’t like the crunchiness of whole peanuts. If you buy an organic variety the only ingredient should be organic peanuts, and therefore it’s just like eating it in whole form, but you don’t have the crunch unless you buy the crunchy version. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (3.27 milligrams), 318 calories.
  24. 24. Peas  Peas are one of those quintessential side dishes, and for it’s pretty clear why. They taste good and provide a wide range of benefits like staving off cancer, providing energy, helping with anti-aging, and helping to regulate blood glucose levels. Turns out they’re also not too shabby in Zinc content, and while they don’t provide a big chunk they can serve as a top contributor along with other foods found on this page. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (1.24 milligrams), 81 calories.
  25. 25. Pumpkin seeds  Pumpkin Seeds Chances are, you’re not eating enough pumpkin seeds. If you save this as an annual October treat, it’s time to start getting them into your system throughout the year. They’re not only remarkably high in Zinc, but they provide other benefits to the body like helping you sleep better at night, giving you a dose of omega-3s, and keeping your blood sugar levels looking good. Promising research also suggests that they may be considered an anti-inflammatory food. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (7.81 milligrams), 559 calories
  26. 26. Salmon  Salmon often ranks on lists of the healthiest foods you can eat, and for good reason. It’s high in omega- 3s and is an excellent source of protein, which is why it can help out dieters across a wide range of different diet strategies. It may not be a Zinc powerhouse like some of the other foods listed here, but it can serve to help add to your total daily intake, which is the overall goal. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (0.64 milligrams), 208 calories.
  27. 27. Sesame Seeds  Sesame Seeds If the only time you think about sesame seeds is when they’re on a sesame seed bun, it’s time to re- introduce yourself to them. They’re packed with Zinc, and while you likely won’t be eating large quantities of them, they can basically be sprinkled on just about any dish to add instant nutrition. Not only are they high in Zinc, but they’re loaded with healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Those are the good fats that your body needs in order to burn off fat. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (7.75 milligrams), 573 calories.
  28. 28. Shellfish  Shellfish like crabs, clams, lobsters and mussels are powerful sources of zinc that are prior included in the zinc rich foods list. A serving of 6 oysters contains 76 mg of zinc which is nearly seven times the recommended daily allowance of this mineral. Shellfish is not easily available. Since it is exceptionally high in zinc, it is advisable to eat it occasionally. Excess intake of zinc can lead to impaired immunity and difficulties in metabolizing other minerals.
  29. 29. Shrimp  Shrimp serves as a good food for Zinc intake, and also provides other benefits like being a high quality protein, and being low in calories. They are also a surprising source of antioxidants. Usually it’s fruits and vegetables that get mentioned in a discussion of antioxidants, but shimp have pretty good sized dose of an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation in the body, which can provide relief to anyone suffering from an inflammatory condition. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (1.34 milligrams), 85 calories.
  30. 30. Spinach  Spinach may not be the food with the most Zinc in it, but it holds its own considering that it’s a plant source. It’s just one of the many vitamins and minerals that spinach is known for, and one more reason to eat it more often. Having a salad with spinach as the base is an easy way to start getting more Zinc into your diet, especially when you top that salad with other Zinc-containing foods.Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (0.53 milligrams), 23 calories.
  31. 31. Squash Seeds  Another popular Middle Eastern seed, squash seeds contain around 10mg of zinc per 100g serving. You can remove the seeds directly from the squash and eat them raw, or dry or roast them in your oven. I prefer raw.
  32. 32. Turkey  Turkey doesn’t show up quite as much as chicken and is typically reserved for sandwiches throughout the year, and in whole form during the holiday. But no matter how you consume it, or how often, it’s going to provide you with a good Zinc dose, without piling on the fat and calories. Opt for roasted turkey breast and avoid the extra sodium and nitrates that cold cuts contain. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (3.09 milligrams), 104 calories.
  33. 33. Vegetables:  Certain vegetables are also good sources of zinc. These include soybeans, lima beans and peas. A cup serving of soybeans contains about 9 mg while the same amount of peas and lima beans contain 2 mg of zinc each. Other vegetables that contain zinc include green beans (1 mg) and Brussels sprouts or asparagus (0.5 mg) in a cup serving. A cup of corn provides 0.7 mg while potatoes and pumpkin provide 0.6 mg of zinc. Among the leafy green vegetables, Swiss chard is a good source of zinc, providing about 0.2 mg in a cup serving. 
  34. 34. Wheat Germ  An excellent additive to sprinkle on your salad, toasted wheat germ offers 17mg of zinc per 100g serving. This is over 100% of the recommended daily allowance.
  35. 35. Watermelon Seeds  Watermelon seeds Here’s a seed that often gets spit out, and many times doesn’t even show up because the watermelon is seedless. But if you dry watermelon seeds, and even toast them, they can be a wonderful source of Zinc, as well as other good things for the body, like protein, magnesium, healthy fats, and a host of B Vitamins. This makes them a great snack to consider, since most of us are not in the habit of eating them. Serving Size (100 grams), Zinc (10 milligrams), 602 calories.

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