We can get haem sources of iron from animal based foods and non-haem iron from plant foods. Haem iron is more easily absorbed, which can make it a little more difficult for vegetarians and vegans to meet their iron needs. 

Some haem sources include:

  • Beef
  • Chicken 
  • Lamb
  • Sardines 
  • Kangaroo 

Some non-haem sources include:

  • Wheat bran 
  • Lentils
  • Muesli with dried fruit 
  • Wholemeal pasta 
  • Green leafy vegetables 

Some ways to improve your iron absorption are to consume foods containing vitamin C (capsicum, broccoli or pineapple) with iron rich foods, cook your plant foods and avoid consuming tea or coffee at meal times. Our dietitians are able to provide you with personalised advice on how to increase your iron intake. If you would like more information you can contact the clinic on 9494 3790 to book an appointment.