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Why are iron rich foods green?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
They aren't: Vegetarians exert a lot of influence in the usa, and government publications about "iron-rich foods" include stuff like spinach, which is loaded with iron that you can't absorb or use. Your best source of iron if you do not supplement is meat and liver. If you are found to be iron-deficient, your physician will try to determine why so as not to miss serious disease causing blood loss.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are some healthy, iron-rich foods?

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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Iron foods: Red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards), dried fruit (prunes, raisins), iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels, have to be fortified), beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver and artichokes.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are some foods that are iron-rich?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Do you like beans?: Meat is your best source of available iron, especially red meat. I respect my peers who won't eat it for ethical reasons; i doubt the strong link to illness that others have claimed, recognizing that real valid studies are hard to do. Beans are quite a good source; iron in spinach is unavailable because it's bound to substances. I'd urge non-meat-eaters to consider supplementing.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I'm curious as to why would you crave iron rich foods?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Could be low iron: You have a pica. Sometimes when you have a pica it is because of low blood iron or anemia. You can see your doctor for a blood test to check.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the best tips to prepare iron-rich foods?

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Dr. Mehdi Moezi
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Cast iron pots: Use cast iron cookware, make sure not getting too much iron, too much iron is harmful as well.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are iron-rich foods my child will eat?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Many kinds: Some examples of iron rich foods include iron fortified cereals, red meat, spinach, eggs, dried fruit (prunes and raisins), artichokes and many types of fish. A tip is to eat these iron rich foods with some vitamin c- this helps the iron get absorbed into the bloodstream. It is important for kids to get enough iron so that they do not become anemic (low red blood cells).

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