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Miss 4 is very pale and irritable and I strongly suggest that an iron deficiency is the culprit as she will not eat anything like red meat. We eat a lot of veg and she gets plenty of sunshine. I don’t want to subject her to having blood tests but want to (through diet) increase her iron levels. Can you suggest any iron rich foods/recipes that don’t include too much red meat?


Posted by Chookie, 10th December 2013


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  • U can make a bread using spinach cheese and carrots grate them and put in ur dough and u can bake it


  • Use spinach in her salad or on bakes pizzas beatroot juice is very good use it with other juices and its not good tatste itself


  • Iron deficiency is very common. Those who are most at risk include children, adolescents, women of reproductive age, pregnant women, vegetarians and vegans.
    Foods That Help You Absorb More Iron: While not all dietary iron is absorbed equally, some foods can enhance your body’s ability to absorb it.
    Foods Rich in Vitamin C
    Vitamin C has been shown to enhance iron absorption. It captures non-heme iron and stores it in a form that’s more easily absorbed by your body (3).
    Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, melons and strawberries.
    In one study, taking 100 mg of vitamin C with a meal increased iron absorption by 67% .
    Hence, drinking citrus juice or eating other foods rich in vitamin C while you’re eating high-iron foods can increase your body’s absorption.
    In vegetarian and vegan diets, iron absorption may be optimized by including vitamin C-containing vegetables during meals (1).


  • Supplements are good! Really interesting reading the comments to this!


  • buy her a supplement, they are relatively cheap and can be bought in the kids range


  • Spinach and broccoli have very high iron content. Will she eat red meat as mince? Like in bolognese?


  • Perhaps try to find an iron fortified food that she likes, also drinking orange juice with a meal will help absorb it more!


  • baby cereal has iron… giev that a go?


  • there are tablet that you can get maybe go see a doctor


  • there are some good comments here


  • That’s a hard one with little kids!


  • I have problems maintaining my iron levels due to a dislike of the texture of red meat. I absolutley love Liverwurst sandwhiches though and find a few serves of this a week to be a great help.


  • Some good advice there below.


  • lots of children are deficient in iron, try an iron tonic


  • turkey, sunflower seeds, oats, apricots, egg yolks and spinach are good sources of iron


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