Sources of iron

Non-Heme

Derived from plant-based foods and animal products: Dried beans, peas, lentils, some vegetables, fruits and eggs, milk/dairy

Heme-iron

Natural component of hemoglobin: Present in meat, poultry, seafood and fish

Iron is naturally present in many foods and can also be found in iron-fortified foods and dietary supplements.

Dietary iron has two main forms: heme and non-heme iron.

They are found in different food sources and are absorbed differently within the body.

As a result, dietary habits and lifestyles play a vital role in determining the amount of iron intake, the potential for iron deficiency and the need for iron supplementation.