What food sources provide the body with Iron?


The iron in food comes from two sources: animals and plants. Iron from animal sources is known as heme iron and is found in meat and fish. Iron from plants is known as non-heme iron, and is found in certain vegetables and in iron-fortified foods such as breakfast cereals. Heme iron is better absorbed by the body than non-heme iron.

There are plenty of good food choices to help you meet your daily iron needs, such as:

- Shellfish
- Spinach
- Chicken liver and beef liver
- Legumes
- Red meat
- Pumpkin seeds
- Quinoa
- Chicken
- Turkey
- Broccoli
- Tofu
- Dark Chocolate
- Fish
- Raisins
- Dried Apricots