Recently I found out that I´m anemic and my doctor suggested to eat more Iron rich foods or take supplements. I´m a very bad “pill taker” so I decided to look up what kind of foods I should eat more.
It took me by surprise that according to Statistics Canada about 1 in 10 Canadian women is anemic. If you have few of these symptoms- chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, sleepy, tired, headaches, fainting, irritability, even stress, you might be anemic as well. Women in the childbearing years are particularly susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia because of the blood loss from menstruation. Go and check with your family doctor.
There are two types of iron: – Heme iron comes from animal sources and is most easily absorbed by the body. – Nonheme iron is found in plant sources, such as vegetables, cereals and legumes. It is not as easily absorbed as heme iron.
Here is a list of iron-rich foods:
Meat & Eggs
Eggs (any style)
Bread & Cereals
White bread (enriched)
Whole wheat bread
Cream of Wheat
Beans & Other Foods
Beans (kidney, garbanzo, or white, canned)
Tomato products (e.g., paste)
Another big surprise – tea and coffee can decrease the amount of iron that your body absorbs from iron-rich foods. Drink coffee and tea separately from meals that contain iron-rich foods.