Do you need more iron from your diet? Iron deficiency is a common problem, and there are many foods that provide iron in higher quantities. Eating these foods increases iron intake and may help to overcome anemia or iron deficiency. Animal sources of iron, such as lean beef, chicken, turkey, pork, and fish are readily absorbed by the body. Pairing Vitamin C with plant sources of iron, such as beans, dark green vegetables, fortified cereals, and enriched grains and breads, will help increase iron absorption.
If you have a picky toddler when it comes to food, read food labels to determine the iron content, and again, look for cereals and snacks enriched with iron. No need to worry about infants and iron because infants are born with a six-month supply of iron readily available. After this, they must obtain iron from their diet or breastfeeding. Not breastfeeding? Baby formulas are important because they contain enough iron to supplement babies until they are older and can obtain enough iron from foods.