May 23 2012
Remember the Geritol commercials that talked about feeling tired and exhausted due to iron-poor blood? It’s still true today, primarily among women due to the loss of iron during our menstrual cycle. Foods high in iron such as egg yolks and red meat have a bad rap due to their fat and cholesterol content, yet play an important role in preventing anemia.
In the best of circumstances iron isn’t well absorbed, which means that we need to double our efforts to get enough of this essential mineral that plays an important role in transporting oxygen throughout our body. Heme iron is present in animal products such as meat and chicken, and is better absorbed than the non-heme iron found in plants. Both heme and non-heme iron contribute to our diet and combining both sources in our daily food sources is an excellent strategy.
Gloria Tsang, RD at Healthcastle.com has wonderful information and suggestions for adding iron-rich foods to your diet, plus ways to increase the absorption of the iron in these foods. Enjoy a tossed salad made with a variety of dark-green leafy vegetables, sliced lean sirloin, pumpkin seeds and edamame for an iron-boosting and healthy meal.