Iron is a trace mineral, most commonly found in haemoglobin (globular protein) which is made up of 4 polypeptide chains with the haem holding the iron. The key functions of iron include carrying oxygen for iron absorption and producing lymphocytes (when there is an attack on the immune system). Proper function allows us to have normal production and function of the cells in our body. The daily intake of iron needed is: 8 mg daily for men (adults 19-50 years), 18 mg for women, 27 mg for pregnancy and 9 mg for lactation according to the RDA (Recommended dietary allowance).
Sources of iron come in two forms – haem iron (from animals) and non-haem iron (from plants). It can be found in meat, fish, poultry, legumes and egg (haem iron) and wholegrain, enriched and fortified breads and cereals, dark greens (broccoli) and dried fruits (sultanas) (non- haem iron).
A lack of iron causes anaemia is a very common nutritional disorder affecting all ages, but women who are menstruating or undergoing pregnancy, infants and young children are at a higher risk. When this happens, severe depletion of iron stores results in low haemoglobin concentration. An anaemic red blood cells will be smaller (microcytic) and paler (hypochromic). However, toxicity may occur if consumed in excess dosage, symptoms will include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
It is always better to consume food that is rich in iron such as dark green leafy vegetables and beans.
Healthtalk (Soygreen) 2 – Nutritional Meal Replacement
SoyGreen contains soy, which is a source of plant-based protein. Adequate protein intake is very important when on a low-calorie diet because it helps prevent muscle loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat does.
SoyGreen rich in plant protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, fibre, antioxidants, trace elements, and a wide variety of phytochemical. It is the perfect meal replacement for weight management as it is high nutrition and low calories.