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How much IRON in those fruit and veg?

Cutting back on red meat? Make sure you don’t miss out on iron. Dietitian Jennifer Low shows you how to make up the shortfall from plant-based options

THE LATEST National Diet & Nutrition Survey, published in 2016, revealed that 48% of girls and 27% of women had low iron intakes (below the national dietary reference intake), putting them at risk of iron deficiency anaemia. You may be especially at risk of falling into these groups if you’re vegetarian or vegan, or have decided to cut back drastically on meat or fish – albeit for sensible health reasons.


Iron is important for growth and repair, brain and immune function, normal energy levels and transport of oxygen around the body. Women need 14.8mg and men 8.7mg a day.

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You can eat carbs! Our dietitian discusses how good carbs can help with your weight loss and energy levels. We find out how one reader reversed his type 2 diabetes through diet, and get an expert update on clean eating and the processed foods you SHOULD be eating. Plus, our food psychologist reveals how you can take control of your willpower and say no to office cake. All this plus 30 calorie–counted recipes in the March issue of Healthy Food Guide.