Monday, March 10, 2008

Foods Rich in Iron

Iron-deficiency anemia is one of the biggest reasons parents are encouraged to keep their babies breastfed or on formula until 1 year of age. Iron-deficiency anemia can also be a risk for others, such as pregnant women. So, where can you get iron from food? Below is a list (taken largely from the appendices to Dietary Guidelines for Americans) of iron-rich foods. An important thing to remember is that Vitamin C helps your body absorb more iron. Pair the foods below with some foods rich in vitamin C and your body will retain the maximum amount of iron from that food. For example, spaghetti and meatballs pairs tomato products (Vitamin C) with red meat (iron). Or, pair a fortified breakfast cereal with an orange.

  • fortified ready-to-eat cereals (amount varies)
  • fortified hot cereals (such as Cream of Wheat)
  • red meat
  • beans/lentils
  • spinach
  • Blackstrap molasses

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