Zinc is an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it. It aids growth, DNA synthesis, and immune function. Zinc may effectively reduce inflammation, boost immune health, reduce your risk of age-related diseases, speed wound healing and improve acne symptoms.
Some Plant-Based Food Sources of Zinc
|food||serving||%DV OF ZINC|
|baked beans||1/2 cup||26|
|dried pumpkin seeds||1 oz||20|
|dry roasted cashews||1 oz||15|
|cooked chickpeas||1/2 cup||12|
|dry roasted almonds||1 oz||8|
|cooked kidney beans||1/2 cup||8|
|cooked green peas||1/2 cup||5|
What is the DV?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) developed DVs to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of foods and dietary supplements within the context of a total diet. The DV for zinc is 11 mg for adults and children aged 4 years and older. FDA does not require food labels to list zinc content unless zinc has been added to the food. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient, but foods providing lower percentages of the DV also contribute to a healthful diet.