The role of meat in iron nutrition of vulnerable groups of the UK population

Fairweather-Tait, Susan ORCID: (2023) The role of meat in iron nutrition of vulnerable groups of the UK population. Frontiers in Animal Science, 4. ISSN 2673-6225

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Iron deficiency is a common public health problem in the UK. This review examines the role of meat in iron nutrition, focusing on the most vulnerable groups of the UK population. Meat contains haem iron which is absorbed by a different pathway to non-haem iron found in cereals and vegetables. A summary of absorption data from studies using isotopically-labelled haem iron shows that, although there is a wide degree of variation, haem iron bioavailability is consistently higher than non-haem iron. The importance of meat alternatives, such a plant protein, insects, and biofortified crops as a supply of bioavailable iron, and the use of food iron fortification is reviewed. Finally, the consequences of excluding meat from the diet in relation to dietary iron requirements is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: iron deficiency,iron intake from meat,iron bioavailability,meat alternatives,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 12:31
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 08:24
DOI: 10.3389/fanim.2023.1142252

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