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Health Tip: Eating Iron-Rich Foods

Here's where you can find the mineral

(HealthDay News) -- Iron is a mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. If you don't get enough from a balanced diet, your health can suffer.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises eating these iron-rich foods:

  • Animal-based proteins, including lean beef and pork. Chicken, turkey and fish also are good choices.
  • Leafy, dark green vegetables, such as spinach.
  • Soybeans, lentils, kidney, pinto and other types of beans.
  • Cereals fortified with iron.
  • Rice, breads and other whole grains enriched with iron.

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