According to this Reuters report, iron deficiency is a major global issue, but some Swiss scientists have a solution. Grow plenty of iron-rich plants. Here’s more:
Growing iron-rich plants may be the best way to combat iron deficiencies in people around the world, Swiss scientists said on Thursday.
With genetic engineering and selective breeding of such plants, growers can make strides against a problem that affects two billion people worldwide, they wrote in the Lancet medical journal…
… Iron-rich meat is too costly for many in the developing world, they said. Iron supplements in pill form are difficult to distribute in those nations, and many people are reluctant to take them.
While fortifying foods such as wheat-flour or rice with iron has worked well, genetically enriching these plants would preserve more of the mineral during processing.
That’s why I eat a ton of Romaine lettuce! In Nutrient Density of Green Vegetables Dr. Fuhrman points out that green vegetables are packed with iron. Check it out:
Nutrients Present in 100-Calorie Portions (Iron)
- Broccoli: 3.5 mg
- Sirloin Steak: .7 mg
- Romaine Lettuce: 7.7 mg
- Kale: 5.8 mg
More iron than steak and cheaper! Seems like a no-brainer.