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Vegetables High in Copper

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Vegetables High in Copper

Vegetables comprise many of the most nutrient dense foods in our diets and copper is no exception.

Copper is an essential nutrient, responsible for producing blood cells, staving off anemia, and strengthening our bones. (1)

Vegetables high in copper include mushrooms, sweet potatoes, lima beans, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, soybean sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, and green peas. (2) The current DV for copper is 0.9mg. (3)

For more high copper vegetables see the extended list of less common vegetables rich in copper.


List of Vegetables High in Copper

Shiitake Mushrooms

#1: Shiitake Mushrooms

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
1.3mg
(144% DV)
0.9mg
(100% DV)
3.2mg
(356% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Shiitake Mushrooms

More Mushrooms High in Copper

-87% DV in 1 cup of white button mushrooms
-52% DV in 1 cup of portobellos
-48% DV in 1 cup of cremini mushrooms
-46% DV in 1 cup of morels
-41% DV in 1 cup of canned mushrooms
Sweet Potatoes

#2: Sweet Potatoes

Copper
per Cup Mashed
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.7mg
(79% DV)
0.3mg
(31% DV)
0.6mg
(61% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Mashed Sweet Potatoes
37% DV in a baked potato.
Lima Beans

#3: Lima Beans

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.5mg
(58% DV)
0.3mg
(34% DV)
0.5mg
(55% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Lima Beans
Turnip Greens

#4: Turnip Greens

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.4mg
(40% DV)
0.3mg
(28% DV)
2.5mg
(281% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Turnip Greens
Beet Greens

#5: Beet Greens

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.4mg
(40% DV)
0.3mg
(28% DV)
1.9mg
(207% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Beet Greens
A Bowl of Spinach

#6: Spinach

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.3mg
(35% DV)
0.2mg
(19% DV)
1.5mg
(168% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Spinach

Other Leafy Greens High in Copper

-32% DV in 1 cup of Swiss chard
-27% DV in 1 cup of kale
-23% DV in 1 cup of mustard greens
Soybean Sprouts

#7: Soybean Sprouts

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.3mg
(34% DV)
0.3mg
(37% DV)
0.8mg
(91% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Soybean Sprouts

More Sprouts High in Copper

-37% DV in 1 cup of lentil sprouts
-36% DV in 1 cup of pea sprouts
-22% DV in 1 cup of mung bean sprouts
Asparagus

#8: Asparagus

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.3mg
(33% DV)
0.2mg
(18% DV)
1.5mg
(167% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Asparagus (Cooked)
Artichokes

#9: Artichokes (Globe or French)

Copper
in a Medium Artichoke
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.3mg
(33% DV)
0.2mg
(26% DV)
1mg
(109% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Artichokes (Globe Or French)
Green Peas

#10: Green Peas

Copper
per Cup Cooked
Copper
per 100g
Copper
per 200 Calories
0.3mg
(31% DV)
0.2mg
(19% DV)
0.4mg
(46% DV)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Green Peas

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Less Common Copper Rich Vegetables

FoodServingCopper
#1 Canned Tomato Pureeper cup80% DV
(0.7mg)
#2 Yautiaper cup39% DV
(0.3mg)
#3 Pickled Beetsper cup29% DV
(0.3mg)
#4 Pumpkinper cup cooked25% DV
(0.2mg)
#5 Jute Potherb (Molokhiya)per cup cooked25% DV
(0.2mg)
#6 Kohlrabiper cup cooked24% DV
(0.2mg)
#7 Lotus Rootper 10 slices23% DV
(0.2mg)
#8 Canned Palm Heartsper cup22% DV
(0.2mg)
#9 Taroper cup20% DV
(0.2mg)
#10 Acorn Squashper cup cooked20% DV
(0.2mg)
#11 Chayoteper cup cooked20% DV
(0.2mg)

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Data Sources and References

  1. Medline Plus on Copper
  2. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
  3. NIH: Dietary Supplement Label Database