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David Evans

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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Dietary phytates lead to iron deficiency and anemia

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 2009;60(1):51-9 and a recipe for lamb and asparagus.

Study title and authors:
Influence of dietary and socio-demographic factors on the iron status of married adolescent girls from Indian urban slums.
Tupe R, Chiplonkar SA, Kapadia-Kundu N.
Agharkar Research Institute, G G Agarkar Road, Pune, India.

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The study explored the influence of dietary factors of iron bioavailability in 173 married adolescent girls in India.

The prevalence of iron deficiency was 25.1%, and anemia was seen in 46.4%  of the girls.

The study found a diet high in phytates resulted in the low bioavailable iron intakes.
Going Against the Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your HealthHigh concentrations of phytates occur in the following foods:
•Most whole grain cereal foods (wheat, rye, rice, oats)
•Nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
•Soybeans, other types of beans

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Recipe of the day

Lamb and Asparagus
                                                                                                                    Food Mall: Boneless Lamb
Omaha Steaks 1 (2.5 lb.) Seasoned Boneless Leg of LambIngredients:
• 1 chopped red onion
• 3 garlic cloves crushed
• 1/2 c of dry white wine
• 3 c of steamed sliced asparagus
• 1 1/2 lb boneless lamb chopped into small cubes
• Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Steam asparagus. Heat a large frying pan and add 1/2 of the wine. Bring to the boil and add the onion and garlic, cook until softened.

Add the lamb and cook for about 6 minutes.

Add the rest of the wine and the asparagus. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, until lamb is tender.

Pepper to taste.