Spring Sports Series: Iron Helps Athletes Play

May 8, 2012

Body

There are many iron-rich foods, but it’s especially important for vegetarians to make sure they are getting enough iron. Consumption of foods high in Vitamin C will also help iron absorption.

Meat:Nutritional Food

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Lam
  • Lean pork
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Seafood

Meat Substitutes:

  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Kidney beans
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Sunflower/pumpkin seeds

Grains:

  • Iron-fortified whole grain bread
  • Cereals
  • Wheat bran
  • Spaghetti
  • Wheat germ

Vegetables:

  • Green peas
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

Fruits:

  • Raisins
  • Dried prunes
  • Dried apricots
  • Strawberries

Foods with Vitamin C:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Papayas

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