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Diet Plan for Anemia

Anemia is a nutritional disorder in which hemoglobin level reduces and this happens due to lack of iron and certain vitamins. Anemia is caused due to deficiency of iron, vitamin B – 12 and folic acid because these nutrients are required for production of red blood cells. Some people add these nutrients in their diet but still they are anemic. The reason behind it is that their intestine is not able to absorb these. Basically anemia has three main causes – Blood loss, Lack of RBC production and high RBC cell destruction. Certain disease affect small intestine and their ability to absorb nutrients like celiac disease, crohn's disease. So a balanced diet is needed to maintain the good health.

Anemia diet chart

DIET CHART FOR ANEMIA

EARLY-MORNING

Warm water / soaked almonds / Cashew / Walnuts.

BREAKFAST

Broken wheat porridge / Veg Semolina (veg upma) / Veg Vermicelli / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Veg Idli / Brown Bread Sandwich / Semolina pancake / Besan pancake (gram flour) / Missi Roti / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with Veg or Dal / Skimmed Milk / + Egg white

MID-MORNING

Fruit / Fruit juice / Herbal tea / Coconut water / Dates

LUNCH

Chapatti + Rice + Salad + Vegetable + Dal / Baked or steam chicken

EVENING

Roasted gram / Rice flakes / homemade soup / Vermicelli / Poha / Herbal tea

DINNER

Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal

BED TIME

Milk

DIET INSTRUCTIONS

CEREALS

Cereals to be consumed

Rice, Barley, Quinoa

Chapatti Ratio - Wheat flour (50%), Black chana (20%), Soybean (30%)

Cereals to be avoided

Whole refined flour and its products, Brown rice, Maggie, Whole wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Corn.

FRUITS

Fruits to be consumed

Apples, Pears, Figs, Apricots, Plums, Kiwi, Orange, Guava, Pomegranate, Strawberries, Banana, Dates

Fruits to be avoided

Grapes, Frozen and Canned fruits

VEGETABLES

Vegetables to be consumed

Green leafy vegetables – Fenugreek, Spinach, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Carrot, Tomato, Radish, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Beetroot, Red and green peppers

Vegetables to be avoided

Canned vegetables

PULSES

Pulses to be consumed

Lentils, Legumes Moong beans

Pulses to be avoided

Kidney beans, Chick peas (in limit), Frozen and dried pulses

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy Products to be consumed

Skimmed Milk, Curd, Yoghurt, Butter, Butter milk

Dairy Products to be avoided

Cheese, Cream

NOTE: Goat milk is good for anemic patient.

SPICES

Spices to be consumed

Turmeric, Fenugreek, Parsley, Black pepper, basil, cardamom

Spices to be avoided

Sea salt should be taken in limit.

DRINKS

Drinks to be consumed

Herbal tea, homemade fruit juice, Green juice, wheatgrass juice, coconut water, Amla juice

Drinks to be avoided

Carbonated drinks, Alcohol, Canned juices, Preserved juices, Coffee, Tea, Maple syrup

FLESH FOODS

Flesh Foods to be consumed

Chicken, Shrimp, Fish (tuna, salmon), sea food

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Beef, pork

SEEDS AND DRY FRUITS

Dry Fruits to be consumed

Nuts, Apricots, Raisins, Almonds, Sunflower seed, Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds

Dry Fruits to be avoided

Brazil nuts and Macadamia nuts

OILS

Oils to be consumed

Canola oil, olive oil, cow ghee, Mustard oil, sunflower oil

Oils to be avoided

Margarine

OTHER FOODS

Other Foods to be consumed

Honey, Jaggery, Tofu (limited quantity)

Other Foods to be avoided

Spicy food, Deep fried food, Desserts, Sugar, white bread, Pasta

LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY TIPS

  • Take healthy Balanced diet.
  • Water intake should be appropriate, at least 8-9 glasses a day
  • Take proper sleep.
  • Avoid skipping meals and also overcooked food.
  • Yoga and meditation is recommended.
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