You May Be Consuming Iron All Wrong
Posted: October 22, 2015
The salad has become synonymous with healthy and clean eating. It is one of the best foods you can consume to fill your body with nutrients. But are you making the most of those leafy greens?
Turns out, those who eat a lot of salad are more often than not missing an essential nutrient: iron.
One explanation for a lack of iron is that people forgo eating meat when they are trying to eat healthier and lose weight. But eating meat will not derail your weight-loss goals.
However, not having a solid source of iron in your diet can lead to an iron deficiency, which can result in a serious lack of energy and the body’s inability to function properly. This condition is more prevalent in women than in men — so much so that iron deficiency is actually a growing issue among women in the U.S.
So what about dietary supplements? Although these are a good idea in theory, it’s wiser to focus on getting iron from food, rather than an artificial source.
For vegetarians or others averse to eating meat, there are other ways to receive adequate amounts of iron and stay healthy. There are two types of iron: heme and non-heme. Heme iron is found in animal products, whereas non-heme iron is found in plant-based products.
Dark, leafy greens and beans are great sources of non-heme iron, so when preparing a salad, try adding =beans or nuts. Also pair a salad with a form of vitamin C, like orange slices, to help better the absorption of the iron into the system, and really reap the health benefits.
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