Thursday 22 March 2018

Boost iron levels with right foods

Eggs are a good source of iron.
Eggs are a good source of iron.

Iron deficiency is a problem for many and can result in anaemia, with most of us not getting enough.

Iron is found in liver, lean red meat, shellfish, eggs, fortified cereals, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and dark green leafy veg.

Enjoy small portions of lean red meat - the darker the meat, the more iron it has such as beef or lamb.

Go for the dark meat of chicken - it has double the amount of iron. Enjoy liver occasionally if you're not pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Swap cheese sandwiches for eggs or mash egg with light mayo to top a jacket potato. Snack on a hard-boiled egg. Choose fortified cereals - look for those with the most iron.

Have baked beans on toast for lunch - choose tins that are lower in sugar and salt. Eating out? Order mussels, cockles, clams, crayfish or brown crabmeat - all contain iron.

Add a handful of cashew nuts to stir-fries - they contain the most iron of all nuts. Or sprinkle with iron-rich sesame seeds. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron from non-meat foods, so team foods rich in this vitamin with iron-rich foods.

Good choices include citrus fruits and juices, berries and tomatoes.

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