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Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

We are not vegetarian & eat meat 3-4x a week. My iron was a 9 (12.5 norm) last year & i have it up to an 11 now. And thats with taking supplements every other day cuz I usually forget! Its frustrating b/c I want to donate blood & Ive been turned down 3 times in the last 2 years! Even tried taking extra iron 1-2 days b4 the blood drive. Whats also frustrating for me is that I love spinach, dk choc, etc BUT I also had kidney stones 2 yrs ago & alot of the iron rich foods can cause kidney stones!

Feb 01, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware

Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

Yes, thats a big problem. I find that flaxseed meal does the trick. I love it sprinkled on pasta....And I can sneak it into many of their foods :)

Feb 01, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware

Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

Ah! i totally missed the link u posted!! So sorry...I like that website.Lots of good stuff. i will check out those vits. I havent seen them in the store.

Jan 31, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware

Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

Kids vitamins dont contain iron :(

Jan 31, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware

Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

Thanks so much for the great info. As far as iron supplements, I take them when I remember (usually 4x/wk). My 6yo is sooo resistant to veggies & vitamins so I figured the CI pot would do the trick. My plan is to use it for MBs & sauce on Sunday & for soup once a week. So I figure that could boost our iron a bit. I found a Lodge pot on ebay. Is this the type that is good? Im going to take a trip to a few thrift stores in town to see if there's anything.

http://cgi.ebay.com/7-Quart-Lodge-Cas...

Jan 31, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware

Cast iron cookware-whats best to increase iron levels?

My 2 daughters (9 & 6yo) & myself all have low iron. My doctor recommended cooking with cast iron. My question is...do the enameled cast iron pots allow iron to seep into food the same as the plain cast iron cookware? Ive been eyeing the Le Crueset & Staub but they are enameled so will they help? Or do I need to get a regular cast iron pot.

Jan 30, 2011
nicoled816 in Cookware