FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN NUTRITIONAL VALUE
series: MEETING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS by Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
The foods that are most rich in nutrients are often produce. Fruits and vegetables are going to be the highest in antioxidants and in a lot of the vitamins and minerals that are essential. [Fruits and vegetables] are the hardest to acquire, which is often why we see these nutrient deficiencies
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The foods that are the most expensive in most places to obtain are meats, particularly the organ meats. [Organ meats] are very common in a lot of traditional cultures--those are really nutrient dense as well. Aside from being high in protein, they're high in certain minerals and vitamins as well.
The good fats will usually also come from oils of nuts and seeds. You can also get them from certain meats and eggs, for example. Those foods tend to be more expensive. If you don't have access to them, you might see deficiencies in this particular category of nutrients.
Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
Lara Zakaria is a Syrian-American pharmacist and clinical nutritionist residing in New York City. She owns Foodie Farmacist LLC, an integrative medicine, nutrition, and genomics consulting practice focused on prevention and reversal of chronic disease. An active member of...
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The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Tristate Chapter, she is also honored to serve on the national Board of Directors.
Her ground experience includes participating with multidisciplinary medical teams serving displaced refugees and underserved local communities in Jordan and Lebanon. Lara also serves on several advisory committees including the Jordan Relief Committee (including the Za’atri Clinic Advisory Commission), Advocacy, and as chair of the Pharmacy and Nutrition Committee. Lara is an active advocate for awareness of the Syrian Crisis and medical worker safety, meeting with representative of the United Nations and of the US congress and senate, as well as in presenting SAMS work at various universities and roundtable discussions including the University of Michigan, Columbia University, CUNY Medical School, and New York University Medical and Law School.
Lara is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a candidate for a Masters in Public Health with a special interest in Behavioral and Social Health.