IRON for Life! - Page 4

Not all iron is created equal
It ' s important to get iron from a variety of foods . Iron comes in two forms :
1 . Heme iron is very easily absorbed by your body .
Heme iron is only found in animal products , such as :
• beef , lamb , pork
• turkey , chicken
• fish , seafood
2 . Non-heme iron is not absorbed as well as heme iron .
Foods with non-heme iron :
• breakfast cereals fortified with iron
• breads and pasta ( whole grain and enriched )
• lentils , dried peas and beans
• seeds and nuts
• dried fruit ( raisins , apricots , etc .)
• dark green , leafy vegetables
• eggs
Iron supplements should only be taken after talking to a registered dietitian or your family doctor .