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So I know that there are different types of iron in different foods and that (I think) the type (I think it's the heme iron) in red meat is absorbed more efficiently than that in the other ( I believe its non-heme) type.
I am a huge lover of oatmeal. The oatmeal I eat is the instant quaker oatmeal - regular. It says on the package that it has 40% of your daily intake of iron. But I eat two packets at a time, and I sometimes eat two packets twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. But by then, that would be 160% of my daily intake of iron, PLUS any other iron I get from my daily diet (though I dont eat much red meat or legumes.
So, since Im assuming this is non-heme iron, do you think that it is dangerous to be consuming this amount of iron? Especially if its mostly non-heme, and probably not as efficiently absorbed?
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This is true. I dont know if it is true, but I have been told that getting too much iron can cause problems in the digestive system?
thanks again :)
thanks everyone for the input! Yup definetly not taking an iron supplements. I occasionally take a multivitamin, but I think it only has 5mg of iron, though I only take them on days I know I havent been able to eat enough or get all my nutrients.
Just out of curiosity,does anyone know what level of iron intake could cause hemochromatosis? I doubt ill ever reach that point, but just interested.
You should really find a new multivitamin if it really has iron in it. 5 mg of iron for a man is too much from a multivitamin.
It would probably take several times the RDA of 8mg for men every day for quite some time before problems would occur.
This is true. But for 20 year old females, its 18mg, so its not as significant as that. And I hardly take them anymore anyway hahah.
You don't get hemochromatosis just from eating too much iron in your food. You either have a genetic condition where your body can't process the iron so it just sits there accumulating, or else you have to have had a ton of blood transfusions in a short period of time, or lastly, if you're addicted to taking iron supplements and multivitamins and you overdo for a long period of time.
I know two people who had it - one had it genetically so it's incurable and she has to watch her diet like a hawk... and my uncle got it after he had leukemia (they gave him so many blood transfusions during his treatment that he was seriously overloaded... so then he had to have his blood taken out again once a month for a couple of years until his iron levels got back to normal.
wow nvrmndtheb, that seems like a LOT of iron to be recommending. However, Im no doctor, so who am I to judge. But I suppose if youre vegan that would make sense.
Thanks to everyone for your input!