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Christine is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
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Q. My iron is very low and I have been taking iron supplements prescribed by my doctor. Can you give me some idea about what vegetables are good sources of iron?
A. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, and collard greens are good sources of what is known as non-heme iron. Non-heme iron is iron that comes from non-meat sources.
Some cereals are good sources of iron as well. All of the following cereals list a serving contain 100% of the daily value for iron: Kellogg's All Bran Wheat Flakes, Kellogg's Product 19, Kellogg's All
Bran Complete Wheat Flakes, and General Mills MultiGrain Cheerios.
In addition, beans such as kidney beans, black beans, and lentil beans are good sources of non-heme iron.
Consuming a source of vitamin C helps with iron absorption. Food sources include citrus fruit, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli.
The other type of iron is heme iron. This is the iron found in meats... such as red meat, poultry or fish. Consuming non-heme foods with heme iron
foods AND vitamin C tends to help with absorption of the iron.
Finally, tannins found in coffee and tea tend to inhibit iron absorption so you will want to avoid these when you are eating iron rich foods.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director
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