All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

I composed two lists with a few examples of the fruitarian food sources of zinc: fruits, seeds, seaweeds and mushrooms. You can compare the amounts of zinc in them with the recommended daily allowance of the mineral. RDA is usually around 20% higher than the amount needed for half of the healthy people. 

The RDA (recommended dietary allowance) of zinc for healthy adult women and men is 8 mg a day and 11 mg a day, respectively. 

Examples of high in zinc plant food sources, fruits and seeds: 

  • Sesame seeds, whole, dried (~ 8 mg /100 g or ~ 1/5 of a pound, lb)
  • Pumpkin and squash seeds, dried - pepitas (~ 7 mg /100 g)
  • Pine seeds (~ 6 mg / 100 g) 
  • Sunflower seeds (~ 5 mg /100 g)
  • Tomatoes, sun-dried (~ 2 mg in 100 g)
  • Lentils, sprouted (~ 2 mg in 100 g)
  • Almonds (~ 1 mg zinc in about 25 whole almonds)
  • Green peas, fresh or unfrozen (~ 1 mg zinc in 1 cup)
  • Avocados (~ 1 mg zinc in one bigger fruit)
  • Blackberries (~ 0.8 mg zinc in one cup - 150 g)

Other fruitarian foods high in zinc, algae and mushrooms:

  • Seaweed agar, dried (~ 6 mg zinc in 100 g)
  • Seaweed, spirulina, dried (~ 2 mg zinc in 100 g)
  • Seaweed kelp, raw (~ 1 mg in 100 g)
  • Mushrooms, shiitake (~ 1 mg in 100 g)

George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. 

Estimated Average Requirement EAR

Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) is the average daily nutrient intake level that is estimated to meet the requirements of half  - 50% - of the healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group. 

Because the needs of the other half of the population will not be met by this amount, the EAR is increased by about 20% to arrive at the RDA.

Before setting the EAR, a specific criterion of adequacy is selected, based on a careful review of the literature. When selecting the criterion, reduction of disease risk is considered along with many other health parameters. 

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