What's Hot ... Iron

The World Health Organisation currently considers iron deficiency as the number one nutritional disorder in the world, with an estimated
2 billion (over 30% of the world’s population) being anaemic. In the UK this can be linked to the increasing popularity of a plant-based diet, with recent figures from Mintel showing that one in five Brits under the age of 25 don’t eat red meat or poultry, whilst 28% of the UK population have cut back on their meat consumption over the past six months. One of the biggest concerns when cutting out animal products is to ensure that you’re getting enough iron in your diet, as non-haem iron (from plant sources) isn’t absorbed as easily by the body as haem iron (from animal sources).

Iron is an essential mineral as it contributes to the production of red blood cells, helping our muscles use oxygen for energy, it plays an important role in the immune system and is also critical to reproductive health. There are a wide range of plant-based foods that can provide all the iron the body needs and we’ve included some great food suggestions below, it’s worth bearing in mind that the absorption of non-haem iron can be increased by consuming with vitamin C. For those most at risk of anaemia, supplementation may be required either in a tablet or liquid form, we’ve also included our top pick of iron supplements below.