Methods to increase Iron

  • Sour lemon squeezed on food is an inexpensive and palatable form of taking vitamin C which promotes Iron absorption.
  • Germination and baking increases iron absorption.
  • Prolonged warming of meals decreases their vitamin C content, and hence iron absorption.
  • Tea and coffee form insoluble iron tannate that is not absorbed, hence it is not advisable to drink tea or coffee immediately after meals.
  • Coconut milk, if used extensively in cooking inhibits iron absorption.
  • When food is cooked in iron utensils, some iron is added from the utensils. When aluminium or stainless steel utensil are used, this source is lost.

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