All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I have seen there is a lot of zinc in raw poultry but when you cook it does the zinc count go down?

I have low blood levels of zinc in my body and I need to know what food i need to eat to get more zinc in my diet.


A: According to the USA Department of Agriculture, nutrient database, cooked chicken has moderately more zinc than raw chicken:

Chicken, while a good protein source, is not the best source of zinc.

The best sources of zinc are as follows:

In addition to this, some types of breakfast cereals have zinc added to them, at varying levels, which are also a good addition to the diet for increasing zinc intake. When you go shopping, have a look at the ingredients list and note if zinc is one of the ingredients (it will usually be near the end of the list). Breakfast cereals with added zinc will help boost your zinc intake, as you can eat them most days.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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