⠀ WORLD IRON AWARENESS WEEK! ⠀ Iron is a mineral essential for life! ⠀ 𝙒𝙝𝙮? ⠀ Ir…



WORLD IRON AWARENESS WEEK!

Iron is a mineral essential for life!

𝙒𝙝𝙮?

Iron helps your body cary oxygen in the blood, It gives us energy, helps us concentrate and fights off infection! ⠀
The amount of iron you need depends on your age and gender👵🏼👨🏻👩🏻 👶🏻.

There are 2 types of iron found in food:
① 𝙃𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣 is found in animal foods ⠀
②𝙉𝙤𝙣-𝙝𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣 is found in plant foods

The iron in animal-based foods (𝙃𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣) is easier to absorb than the iron in plant-based foods (𝙉𝙤𝙣-𝙝𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣). There are ways we can enhance the absorption of non-haem iron (post to follow 😉)

While the body can store iron, it cannot make it. Therefore you need to get iron from food. ⠀
The best way to prevent iron deficiency is to eat iron rich foods!

Food sources of 𝙃𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣:
Meat (beef, pork, chicken, kangaroo etc)
Offal (liver, kidney)
Seafood (oysters, shellfish etc)
Fish (mackerel, tuna, sardines, salmon)

Food sources of 𝙉𝙤𝙣-𝙝𝙖𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣:
Extra firm tofu
Legumes, lentils, beans *Nuts: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios
Eggs
Dried apricots
Grain products whole grains; brown rice, quinoa, teff and fortified breakfast cereals
Vegetables: spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, asparagus

𝙎𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮
Fatigue, lack of concentration, headaches, dizziness and increased risk of infection ⠀

Tag anyone who would benefit (anaemic/iron deficient, vegan, vegetarian) 👇🏼
Credit @thesavvydietitian ✨
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My name is Bette. I'm a 34 year old female from Turkey. My occupation is a website designer and I work from a home office. I have struggled with my weight since puberty. Still figuring out.

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