Lead Poisoning: Nutrition and Food Preparation - Topic Overview
Good nutrition may help prevent
lead poisoning. Children absorb more lead than adults
do, but both children and adults are likely to absorb more lead if they are
fasting or do not get enough iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, or vitamin C in
their diets. People who eat high-fat diets also absorb more lead. However, if
the environment is highly contaminated with lead, nutrition alone will not
prevent lead poisoning.
Make sure that your children eat breakfast soon
after getting up and that they have regular snacks and meals.
food in opened metal cans, especially if the can is not manufactured in the
United States. If there is lead in the metal or the solder, it can be released
into the food once air gets into the can.
Don't prepare, serve, or
store food or drinks in ceramic pottery or crystal glasses unless you are sure
they are lead-free.
Make sure children get enough iron in their
diet. Red meat, eggs, fortified cereals, cooked beans, and raisins have lots of
Children need adequate calcium in their diet. Milk, yogurt,
cheese, and some green vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, contain
Make sure children get phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin C in
their diet. If necessary, use vitamin supplements or enriched foods like
calcium- and phosphorus-enriched orange juice or fortified
If you reuse plastic bags to store food, make sure the
printing is on the outside.