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