Spinach is an interesting one. I'm not an expert so I can only go on what I read but the way I understand it, it's got iron in just like any other green leafy vegetable, but it's not the best source of iron because it also contains oxalic acid which is an iron absorption inhibitor. See here.
Bottom line, spinach is good for you cos it's a green leafy vegetable, but there are better sources of iron. I've got a load of chick peas in my salad and I'm making a big chilli this evening, so that should sort me out.
Spinach may contain oxalic acid but around 50% is still available as iron it has alot of other nutrients which make it a useful food.
there are alot of myths about food and alot of confusion and alot of the reserch is biased - ie towards whoever is funding it there are many clever ways of designing experiments to give you results that you want
me - vegan who was ironed up enough to be accepted as a blood donor so therefore NOT anaemic and I don't tend to use suppliments
SPAMMMMM! RW please removed all of qezcxadw threads him self and his web-site is utter rubbish. Forumites you have been warned.
Get prescription iron its 200mg as apposed to 30mg the max you get in shops! You'll be bouncing off the walls
A year ago after completing the Gaolforce Challenge I suddenly found myself with chapped lips, not any old chapping but seriously sore. When it didn't go away I eventually went to the Doctors and discovered it was lack of Iron. I've been taking an Iron supplement ever since, and more recently completely changed my diet to be almost vegan but with heaps of green vegetables. I'm doing really well on it. Now training for my first Ultra marathon (http://fortyfourmiles.blogspot.com/2011/12/getting-to-my-ideal-running-weight.html)
Pleased to say I no longer have chapped lips!
I was surprised at the level of iron in Ovaltine drink. One cup mixed with milk has 3.6mg - 26% of the RDA along with a whole pile of other good stuff. And it tastes good too. Sadly it won't quite replace coffee for me though!
Also important to know that tea/coffee block iron absorption so best to avoid drinking them after eating.
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