Iron

iron

What is iron?

  • Iron is an essential mineral
 
 

Why is iron important for toddlers?

  • Iron helps with the cognitive development of children (the ability to think and reason)
 
 

Where can toddlers get iron from?

  • There is easily-absorbed iron, called Haem Iron, which can be found in animal foods, like beef, poultry, fish, and egg yolks
  • A less easily-absorbed iron is know as Non Haem Iron, which is found in foods such as lentils, beans, green vegetables, and dried fruits
  • Cows’ milk is a poor source of iron. Growing Up Milk contains forty times more iron than cows’ milk
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    Does this look healthy to you?

    Both of these menus look healthy but the menu on the left doesn’t provide enough iron for a toddler. The menu on the right shows how switching cows’ milk to Growing Up Milk can increase a toddler’s daily iron intake.

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    Want to know more? Read our expert toddler nutrition advice here