Chicory root contains .80 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Grams is a measure of weight. To put 100 grams in perspective, consider alternative measures for this food:
- 1 root equals 60 grams.
- .5 cup equals 45 grams.
In the category of vegetables, we included whole vegetable products in the Top 10 list. We excluded dried/dehydrated products from the Top 10. You will find some dehydrated vegetables high in iron per 100 grabut they tend to be far more volume than anyone would consume. Furthermore, foods may be fortified with iron but are not included in this Top 10 list. The food tested for the particular graph below can be described more specifically as:
Chicory roots, raw
Vegetables typically are not a good iron source. Those vegetables that are loaded with iron also are more likely to be loaded with iron inhibitors, making it difficult to take in a considerable amount of iron from the vegetable itself.
Nonetheless, even a vegetable with little iron may play a key part in iron absorption. Vegetables tend to be a good source of vitamin C and vitamin C will help you utilize the iron better in your vegetarian foods; chicory roots are a modest source of vitamin C.
However, for example you can combine vine ripened tomatoes and bell peppers with a grain-based entree or with legumes to improve your metabolism of the iron in your meal as a whole. A fresh orange salad with your dinner would also help because of the fruit’s vitamin C content. A glass of fruit juice is a further a great strategy.