Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) recently suggested some useful tips to prevent iron deficiency in the body as part of Poshan Maah 2020. Iron deficiency in the body can lead to abnormally low levels of red blood cells as iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.
Without enough hemoglobin, the tissues and muscles can’t get the necessary amount of oxygen and work sufficiently this can further lead to Anaemia. “Iron deficiency most commonly occurs during- menstruation, pregnancy and early childhood,” the organization wrote on Twitter.
Tips suggested by the FSSAI
- Cooking food using iron sustained staples
- Avoid having tea and coffee with meals.
- Eating a lot of iron-rich fruits and vegetables.
- Consuming Vitamin C-rich meals with meals for higher absorption of iron.
Symptoms of iron deficiency
Earlier, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had pointed out some symptoms of iron deficiency- tiredness, headache and dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and hair fall. “Fight off the symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) by consuming fortified staples like rice, wheat flour & double fortified salt, rich in iron.” he had advised.
Food has two sorts of iron- heme and non-heme iron, in accordance with redcrossblood.org Heme iron is present in meat, fish, poultry and is most readily absorbed by the physique. Non-heme iron, however, is present in plant-based meals, equivalent to fruits, greens and nuts, however solely 2 to 10 percent of iron consumed absorbed. Food wealthy in Vitamin C can even assist in the absorption of non-heme iron.