Iron is a mineral essential for life!


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Iron helps your body cary oxygen in the blood, It gives us energy, helps us concentrate and fights off infection! โ €
The amount of iron you need depends on your age and gender๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป.
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There are 2 types of iron found in food:
โ‘  ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ is found in animal foods โ €
โ‘ก๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฃ-๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ is found in plant foods
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The iron in animal-based foods (๐™ƒ๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ) is easier to absorb than the iron in plant-based foods (๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฃ-๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ). There are ways we can enhance the absorption of non-haem iron (post to follow ๐Ÿ˜‰)
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While the body can store iron, it cannot make it. Therefore you need to get iron from food. โ €
The best way to prevent iron deficiency is to eat iron rich foods!
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Food sources of ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ:
Meat (beef, pork, chicken, kangaroo etc)
Offal (liver, kidney)
Seafood (oysters, shellfish etc)
Fish (mackerel, tuna, sardines, salmon)

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Food sources of ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฃ-๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ:
Extra firm tofu
Legumes, lentils, beans *Nuts: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios
Dried apricots
Grain products whole grains; brown rice, quinoa, teff and fortified breakfast cereals
Vegetables: spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, asparagus
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๐™Ž๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™š๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ฎ
Fatigue, lack of concentration, headaches, dizziness and increased risk of infection โ €

Tag anyone who would benefit (anaemic/iron deficient, vegan, vegetarian) ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Credit @thesavvydietitian โœจ