Sometimes we eat ‘healthy’ food and don’t really know what the health benefits of that food are. Well this tip might improve your knowledge ever so slightly 🙂
Pair your iron rich foods with vitamin c rich foods
The foods that are good sources of iron in the diet can be split into those that contain easily absorbed iron, and those that contain iron that isn’t as easily absorbed in the body.
To keep it simple, the sources of iron include plant sources such as kale, spinach, chickpeas & lentils (harder to absorb their ‘nonheme’ iron) and animal sources such as poultry & red meat (easier to absorb their ‘heme’ iron)
This is where the Vitamin C comes into play, by helping absorb the plant sources of iron (nonheme iron) by up to 5 times more!
There are a few ways in which this can happen in the body but in general, we don’t really need to know that part!
Basically, eat iron sources such as spinach with vitamin C sources like strawberries.
If you haven’t tried a spinach salad with strawberries in it, you are missing out!
Or you can pair iron rich foods like kale, soybeans, chickpeas, lentils etc with vitamin C sources like citrus fruits-oranges, lemon juice, chill peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes & broccoli for example.
*Remember iron is especially important for us females due to the loss of blood each month during menstruation.