Why Do I Need Iron in My Diet?

Iron is an important nutrient. Chronic shortage of iron leads to anemia, symptoms of which can include pale skin, excessive tiredness or fatigue, breathlessness, general feeling of malaise and irritability, feeling cold all the time, and a decreased attention span.

Iron deficiency in children (even without anemia) can result in lethargy, irritability, repeated infections, and development problems.

Good sources of iron

  • Eggs
  • Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Dried fruits including dates, prunes, raisins
  • Legumes
  • Cereals, iron fortified
  • Oatmeal
  • Lean red meats
  • Baked clams