Meal Plan for Iron Deficiency Anemia

Sources of iron:

  • Egg yolks
  • Molasses, liver and beef
  • Raisin bran, Raisins, Prunes, Dried apricots, Figs
  • Kidney beans, Pinto beans, Navy beans, Lentils, Split green peas
  • Enriched cereals, Enriched macaroni, rice bran
  • Spinach, Greens, Broccoli, Lima beans, Avocado

The following foods can help your body absorb iron better:

  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts

Foods to Reduce or Eliminate:

Cow’s milk may cause anemia by interfering with iron absorption, so it may be beneficial not to consume dairy at the same time as iron-rich foods or supplements. Eliminate trans and hydrogenated fats, alcohol, processed foods, refined foods and sugar. These substances may interfere with iron absorption.

Dr. Asma Kossentini
General Practitioner
Armada Medical Centre