Good Sources of Iron

Looking for good sources of iron? Iron is an important mineral for many reasons. It’s essential in the making of hemoglobin (the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen) and myoglobin (an oxygen storing protein in the muscles), as well as being important for the immune system. It’s important to eat enough of this mineral to keep your body healthy and to avoid an iron deficiency.

Toddlers can be picky eaters, but luckily there are many good sources of iron. If your toddler dislikes one source, keep trying other food sources (whether plant or animal) until you find one your child will eat!

Good Sources of Iron (From Animal Sources):

  • Lean beef
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Fish (Offer types of fish that don’t have high mercury levels)
  • Ham

You may also ask your doctor if these choices (both great sources) may be right for your toddler:

  • Clams and Shellfish
  • Liver (beef or chicken)

Good Sources of Iron (From Plant Sources):

  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Dried Apricots
  • Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Rice
  • Fortified Bread
  • Fortified Cereal
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Wheat Germ
  • Molasses
  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Lentils
  • Dried Peas
  • Baked Potato with Skin
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Cooking with an iron skillet can increase the amount of this mineral in foods
  • Eating Vitamin C rich foods with your iron sources can help your body absorb more of the iron you eat.
  • Eating Calcium rich foods with your iron sources can hinder your body from absorbing as much iron as it would without the calcium interferring.
  • Too much iron can actually poison a toddler. Keep supplements containing this mineral in a safe place where a curious toddler cannot reach.

With so many foods containing iron, you are bound to find one good source of this mineral your toddler will enjoy eating!

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