Eight whole strawberries contain approximately 0.6 mg of iron. The daily iron recommendation varies greatly with age and gender. The Daily Value for iron used on food and supplement labels is 18 mg. However, teenage girls are recommended to get 15 mg/day, teenage boys are recommended to get 11mg/day, men are recommended to get 8 mg/day and women have a slightly higher recommendation of 18 mg/day. Some of the best sources of iron include oat bran cereal, meats, kidney beans, chickpeas, navy beans and spinach. Our best of: Iron includes a listing of many vegetables that are considered a good source of iron. It is also assumed that only 18% of your dietary iron will be absorbed. However, vitamin C helps your body absorb nonheme iron—the form of iron in vegetables and grain products—more efficiently. Try this Quick Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry—it’s a good source of iron and an excellent source of vitamin C too!
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