Are you getting enough iron rich foods in your diet? Iron deficiency can cause all sorts of health issues, from fatigue to headaches. Also known as anemia, a lack of iron is especially common in pregnant women, and can also affect those with celiac disease. To avoid this along with your usual healthy snacks, you should try to incorporate some iron rich foods into your meals. Here are five fantastic iron rich foods, according to our nutritionist Lucy-Ann Prideaux.
Of all the popular nut varieties, pistachios have the most iron, containing 14mg per 100g – nearly 4 times the amount of almonds, brazils or cashews. Also a great source of protein, vitamin E, calcium and magnesium, pistachios make the ideal healthy snack.
Dulse is a sea vegetable, harvested off the coast of Britain and Ireland. Dulse is one of the richest plant sources of iron and is high in iodine and protein too. It’s available in most health food shops.
Lentils are not only a great source of protein, carbs and fibre; they are also surprisingly high in iron. A cooked 150g portion will supply 5mg iron, nearly ½ the daily requirements for men, and a 1/3rd of the requirements for women.
After removal of the white crystals, the natural nutrients of the sugar cane are concentrated into this dark bittersweet treacle. Rich in iron (2 tbsp contain around 7mg iron) plus other minerals, it’s a perfect natural sweetener.
We hope you enjoy making some healthy snacks and meals with these! Now you know more about these iron rich foods, try to add them to your shopping basket the next time you’re at the health food shop or supermarket.