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Top 10 Foods High In Zinc

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 95% (9157 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  12 years experience

Consume two to three servings of these zinc foods daily to support optimal zinc levels.

1. Lamb: 3 ounces: 6.7 milligrams (45 percent dv)

Lamb is a rich source of many vitamins minerals. In addition to zinc, lamb contains vitamin b12, riboflavin, selenium, niacin, phosphorus and iron. 

2. Pumpkin seeds: 1 cup: 6.6 milligrams (44 percent dv)

Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are able to reduce the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, according to research published in nutrition and cancer. (2) pumpkin seeds are also good for prostate health, and they promote your mental health.

3. Grass-fed beef: 100 grams: 4.5 milligrams (30 percent dv)

Grass-fed beef nutrition includes omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid, a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to help fight cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood sugar, discourage weight gain and build muscle. 

4. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): 1 cup: 2.5 milligras (17 percent dv)

Chickpeas, like all legumes, are a form of complex carbohydrates that the body is able to slowly digest and use for energy. Chickpeas increase satiety and help with weight loss. (4) they also improve digestion by quickly moving foods through the digestive tract.

5. Cocoa powder: 1 ounce: 1.9 milligrams (13 percent dv)

Cocoa powder is a good source of two flavonoids, epicatechin and catechin, which function as antioxidants that help prevent inflammation and disease. Because of the presence of flavonoids in cocoa powder, it helps improve blood flow and lower blood pressure too. 

6. Cashews: 1 ounce: 1.6 milligrams (11 percent dv)

Cashews are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and high in protein. Cashews nutrition helps fight heart disease, reduce inflammation, promote bone health and support healthy brain function. Plus, these nuts help with weight loss or maintenance because they make you feel fuller and curb food cravings. 

7. Kefir or yogurt: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (10 percent dv) (values vary)

Kefir and yogurt are cultured dairy products that serve as probiotic foods. Both kefir and probiotic yogurt support healthy digestion, boost the immune system, promote cardiovascular health and regulate your mood. 

8. Mushrooms: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent dv)

Proven mushroom nutrition benefits include the ability to boost immunity due to its antioxidant activities, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, protect your heart and improve brain function. 

9. Spinach: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent dv)

Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. It contains special protective carotenoids that have been linked with decreasing the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and even cancer. 

10. Chicken: 100 grams: 1 milligram (7 percent dv)

In addition to the zinc present in chicken, it’s also a good source of b vitamins, including vitamin b12, niacin, vitamin b6 and pantothenic acid. The vitamin b12 in chicken helps maintain energy levels, boost mood, maintain heart health and boost skin health.

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