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Nutrition &

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Children need to have plenty of iron in their system.

Nutrition can play a pivotal role in preventing childhood lead poisoning. It is important to help minimize the amount of lead that is absorbed and stored in the bones. Good nutrition helps accomplish this goal. A child's body requires certain minerals, especially calcium and iron. When these minerals are deficient in the body, lead absorption is increased. Children whose diet is deficient in these minerals retain more of the lead than they would have otherwise.

Foods are rich in iron

When there is more iron than lead, the body will absorb the iron.

Iron-fortified cereals

Green leafy vegetables

Pureed meats

Lean red meats

Tuna, salmon, fish

Raisins, dates, and prunes

Dried beans and peas

Skinless poultry

Nuts or sunflower seeds



Foods Rich in Calcium

Foods that are high in calcium can also help the body absorb less lead.

Milk and milk products

Cheese and Yogurt

Green leafy vegetables

Calcium-enriched orange juice




Foods Rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C will help the body absorb more iron and calcium.

Oranges and tangerines


Limes and lemons




Potatoes and sweet potatoes



Bell peppers

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