Iron-Free Diets

Save

People with the blood disorder hemochromatosis absorb too much iron in their intestines. This iron passes into the bloodstream, leaving hemochomatosis patients with joint and abdominal pain, weight loss and darkening skin. One preventative treatment for this condition is a low-iron diet. An iron-free diet is impossible, as iron exists in trace amounts in all foods, but low iron is feasible.

Meats and Animal Fats

  • The body can absorb animal-based iron faster than plant-based iron. For most people who eat appropriate amounts of meat, the quicker absorption is beneficial, but someone who needs a low-iron diet should cut out all meat. Animal fats work as binding agents in foods such as cheese, mass-produced chocolate, and even candy. Limiting these foods helps reduce iron absorption.

High-fiber Foods

  • Fiber-rich foods slow digestion. This slowing of food moving through the digestive tract increases the time it takes the body to absorb the iron. Whole grains contain large quantities of fiber, and on a low-iron diet, substituting whole grains, such as whole wheat and rye, for processed grains aids in slowing iron absorption. Nuts and beans are excellent high-fiber foods. They also provide protein, which is helpful since animal-based proteins should be limited.

Leafy Green Vegetables

  • Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce and other leafy green vegetables should make up a major part of a low-iron diet. Many of these vegetables contain chemicals that inhibit the absorption of iron. Because these foods also are stocked with other vitamins and minerals, they work well in a low-iron diet.

Beverages

  • People on low-iron diets should consume alcohol in moderation. The liver can break down iron, which helps rid the blood of the mineral. Alcohol consumption interferes with this iron breakdown, which results in faster iron absorption. Coffee and tea, which often are excluded from special diets, help people who have low iron needs. These drinks contain a chemical called tannin, which slows iron absorption, but to receive the full benefit, drinking coffee and tea with meals is necessary.

References

  • Photo Credit Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

You May Also Like

  • What Vegetables Are High in Iron?

    Without enough dietary iron, you can experience a fast heart rate or feel fatigued, weak, short of breath and dizzy. Iron builds...

  • What Foods Are Low in Iron?

    The public health conversation typically revolves around getting more iron in your diet -- after all, 2 billion people worldwide are iron-deficient....

  • A High-Iron Diet Plan

    The mineral iron plays a vital role in transporting oxygen from the lungs to other tissues and muscles in the body. It...

  • How to Lower Ferritin Levels

    It is generally acknowledged that the human body needs iron to remain healthy, but too much iron can be as harmful, if...

  • Diet for Hemochromatosis

    Not getting enough iron in the diet is more common than getting too much. But if you have hemochromatosis, you need to...

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!