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i can't eat red meats due to ibs. am i missing out on a lot of neutrients?

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Dr. Jennifer Glassman
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Iron, Protein, Zinc: Red meat contains iron, protein and zinc. These can be obtained from other foods. Iron is found in dark meat chicken, shrimp, greens, beans and fortified cereal(like total). Protein is found in eggs, chicken, fish, beans, nuts and seeds. Zinc is found in seafood, poultry, fish, nuts ; seeds.
Dr. Katherine Mcgraw
Pediatrics 20 years experience
IBS: Not as long as you are getting your protein and vitamin B12 from a different source. With ibs you have inflammation in intestines which can impede absorption of all nutrients. Please talk to your doctor regarding methods to aid in decreasing the inflammation associated with ibs and what added nutrients you specifically may need.

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Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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