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Bioavailability Matters

➜ While plant-based foods often contain more nutrients per calorie, the nutrients in animal foods tend to be more “#bioavailable”, which means they are in a form that can easily be used in the body.

➜ Animal-based forms of vitamin A, iron and omega 3 fatty acids are already in the form used by the body without needing to be converted, whereas plant-based foods contain nutrient precursors, meaning that the nutrients need to be converted before being used by the body.

➜ It is important to note that there are some losses in the conversion of plant-based nutrients and some people are better than others at this conversion, so the number of nutrients in these foods do not always equate to nutrients in the body.

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