Ask Dr Libby

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH -

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How­ever, change in ap­petite can also be an in­di­ca­tion that there is an un­der­ly­ing zinc de­fi­ciency, so it’s worth con­sid­er­ing this. The best sources of zinc in­clude red meat, legumes, nuts and seeds. If he’s go­ing through a fussy phase it’s likely this is re­strict­ing his con­sump­tion of these foods any­way.

In the mean­time, try grat­ing veg­eta­bles into meat pat­ties, adding them to sauces or cut­ting them into sticks.

You can also layer zuc­chini slices, chopped spinach and cooked car­rots in place of pasta in lasagne. Juic­ing and mak­ing smooth­ies with veg­eta­bles and berries that give the drink a more ap­petis­ing colour is another sim­ple way to in­crease his con­sump­tion of veg­eta­bles.

There can be many rea­sons for feel­ing con­sis­tently tired, but iron lev­els are a prime sus­pect.

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