What are some good food sources of heme iron?


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Heme iron comes from animal sources and is best absorbed by the body than non-heme iron which comes from eating vegetables and iron fortified foods like hot cereals etc. The list below reflects the best sources in order of the most amount of heme iron per kcalorie. Pay attention to the serving size (energy)

  • Oysters (1 c raw)
  • Clams (3 oz. raw
  • Shrimp (3.5 oz. boiled)
  • Sirloin steak (3 oz. lean)
  • Beef Pot roast (3 oz. lean)
  • Sardines (3 oz. canned)
  • Chicken Breast (1/2 roasted)
  • Sole/Flounder (3 oz. baked)

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