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SARAHLAND Posts: 37
2/12/07 4:23 P

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Thanks for all the info Vikarious. I had no idea that certain foods block iron intake- guess that spinach omelette I had yesterday wasn't as iron-rich as I thought. But it was sure tasty!

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2/12/07 2:58 P

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Interesting, Vikarious.

I eat a lot of spinach & beans. I have been tracking my iron for about 2 weeks, and at first I was doing great, but I have only been within range once this week, I think.

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Here's a short list I found

* Liver and other meats
* Seafood
* Dried fruits like apricots, prunes and raisins
* Nuts
* Beans, especially lima beans
* Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli
* Blackstrap molasses
* Whole grains
* Iron-fortified breads and cereals (check the label)



Your body best absorbs the iron in meats. Eating a small amount of meat along with other sources of iron, such as certain vegetables, can help you get even more iron out of these foods. Taking vitamin C pills or eating foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits or juice, at the same time you eat iron-rich foods or take your iron pill can help your body absorb the iron better.

Some foods block the absorption of iron. These include coffee, tea, egg yolks, milk, fiber and soy protein. Try to avoid these when you're eating food high in iron.



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THUNDERGIRL Posts: 307
2/12/07 1:49 P

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I've been eating spinach about once a week, beans several times a week, really my diet is pretty balanced. I just can't figure out why my iron intake is so low.





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2/12/07 12:39 P

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I'm not sure what foods even have a lot of iron, but for some reason I'm thinking spinach, beans?

I never have looked at my iron intake. Oh, plus I'm not sure if it actually makes any difference but where I live our water is FULL of Iron - the street curbs are rusted from the irony water!

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2/12/07 12:16 P

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I've been having issues upping my iron intake too. I don't eat meat at all and I am trying to figure out what I need to eat to really get it in there.

Anyone know?





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SARAHLAND Posts: 37
2/12/07 12:09 P

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Looking at my nutrient tracking I can understand why I've been very anemic (is that spelled right?) in the past few years. What do you guys eat that gives you lots of iron besides red meat? I eat red meat but not a lot. I would rather get my iron from food then supplements if possible.



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