WDSG-UK Pamphlet (2011)

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    Copper Levels in food are not an exact science. They can vary according to the soil conditions in which the food is grown, which in turn can be affected by chemicals such as pesticides. Do wash fruit/vegetables before eating them. The table has been compiled to show the approximate levels of copper in milligrams per 100 gram portions of common foods eaten in the United Kingdom and is based on figures quoted in McCance & Widdowson's book 'The Composition of Foods', 6th ed. The book itself is obviously far more comprehensive, listing copper and other nutritional values of 1,235 different foods. The copper values in the foods in the table shown here are categorised under the headings, Low, Medium, High and Very High. For patients whose copper levels are controlled through a good medication regime, the table shows which foods can be eaten with impunity and which foods should be eaten in moderation. For newly diagnosed patients whose free copper levels are high, it is best to stick to the foods in the low and medium categories until copper levels are controlled.
    Valerie Wheater, Nov 2018