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Iron Rich Foods for Every Body Iron is Used by Every Living Cell in the Human Body Building muscles Making blood What Happens When People Do not get Enough Iron? They get anemia They feel tired and weak They get sick more often Every Body Needs Iron It can be Hard to Get Enough Iron Iron is found in many foods, but not in large quantities Meats, Poultry, Fish and Beans Important Sources of Iron Liver and other organ meats are especially good sources of iron Many Foods in the Grains Group are Fortified with Extra Iron Read package labels to see if a food is a good source of iron Some Fruits and Vegetables are Good Sources of Iron Watermelon Spinach Green peas Lima beans Raisins Prunes Foods in the Dairy Group are NOT Good Sources of Iron Parents who bottle feed their babies should use an iron-fortified formula Eating Foods High in Vitamin C can help Your Body use the Iron in Your Food For example: Cereal with orange juice Tomatoes with dried beans Best Sources of Vitamin C: Citrus fruits Melons Papayas Strawberries Broccoli Brussels sprouts Sweet peppers Tomatoes Greens Careful Meal Planning will Provide Each Member of the Family with the Iron They Need Questions Adapted from NEP-15FG, Iron In Your Diet Jackie R. Walters, MBA, RD, LD University of Kentucky, Extension Associate for Nutrition Education Programs May 2006 Revised by: Jean Najor, MS August 2014 Graphic Design: Kevin Brumfield • Photography: 123rf.com Copyright © 2015, for materials developed by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. This publication may be reproduced in portions or its entirety for educational or nonprofit purposes only. Permitted users shall give credit to the author(s) and include this copyright notice. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.