Talkback: Iron - Are you getting enough?

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25/11/2010 at 01:31
25/11/2010 at 01:37
I am an anaemic vegetarian
25/11/2010 at 01:39
They say chocolate has iron it
25/11/2010 at 02:19

I hear in USA  that the rich and famous have B12 injections which helps them to boost their energy!

Apparently vitamin B12 tablets are not that good because it gets destroyed in the stomach.

Iron Tractor Boy    pirate
25/11/2010 at 12:25

Don't forget a pint of the black stuff 

25/11/2010 at 12:30
25/11/2010 at 13:33
popeye had it right
25/11/2010 at 15:56

Extreme violence and an anorexic girlfriend ?  

25/11/2010 at 17:47
I used to take Treacle - sickly stuff
Karen Samuel wrote (see)
I used to take Treacle - sticky stuff
Edited: 25/11/2010 at 18:08
25/11/2010 at 19:24
28 pints of Guiness is your daily amount
25/11/2010 at 19:52

7 raw eggs

Down the hatch!

25/11/2010 at 20:01
Maddy. wrote (see)
popeye had it right

My Mum's organic Spinach or my Dad's organic  callaloo
26/11/2010 at 20:48
i am an anaemic vegan
27/11/2010 at 16:48
spinach, steak, or guiness, best for it , or wash it down with guiness
02/12/2010 at 11:09

There's hardly any iron in guiness - it's a myth!

 "You'd need to drink three pints of Guinness to provide the same amount of iron as a single egg yolk (1.1mg), and alcohol is not good for babies. A pint of Guinness contains 0.3mg of iron, less than three per cent of daily adult needs. Put another way, you'd need to drink 15 pints of Guinness to get the same amount of iron as two Weetabix. " (taken from the daily mail so it must be true!)

Read more:

 But it's also in the Times: "Guinness contains no more iron than most other beers, and that's precious little - a mere 0.3 milligrams a pint, compared with 1.1 milligrams in an egg and a whopping 4.2 milligrams in a bowl of Weetabix. "

 I also read ages ago that there is way more iron in 100g of dried apricots (3.4g) than in a pint of guiness so that's a no brainer for me since I hate guiness!!!

02/12/2010 at 11:33


Thanks for that I will buy some dried apricots - I used to eat them once but I got  abit fed up with them.

I would like to start back on the Origanic  Weetabix.

I don't really agree  that it is  a  myth  eating late at night you will put on weight.  Also it's a myth

that vitamin C will stop you getting the flu and cold.

I must say it is great reading

Edited: 02/12/2010 at 11:34
03/12/2010 at 09:00
The spinach thing is a myth too, as well as the vit C and late night eating!
Edited: 03/12/2010 at 09:00
03/12/2010 at 12:03

I would rather drink 15 pints of guinness than eat two weetabixs or an egg

03/12/2010 at 12:22

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.

03/12/2010 at 13:21
and anyway, I hate the horrid ad-speak "up to" 40% in their article. Where do RW get their info? Pill makers? A cursory search of the web throws up a scientific paper from 1989 that studies male/female runner/non-runner with/without iron supplements that concluded that "the runner's iron status is similar to that of the general population." If they have better or more recent info they should tell us, else we can't distinguish what they say from hearsay like the Popeye spinach myth.
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