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    Default Iron Is the New Cholesterol

    DECEMBER 20, 2018

    Cheerios are the best-selling breakfast cereal in America. The multi-grain version contains 18 milligrams of iron per serving, according to the label. Like almost any refined food made with wheat flour, it is fortified with iron. As it happens, there’s not a ton of oversight in the fortification process. One study measured the actual iron content of 29 breakfast cereals, and found that 21 contained 120 percent or more of the label value, and 8 contained 150 percent or more.1 One contained nearly 200 percent of the label value.
    If your bowl of cereal actually contains 120 percent more iron than advertised, that’s about 22 mg. A safe assumption is that people tend to consume at least two serving sizes at a time.1 That gets us to 44 mg. The recommended daily allowance of iron is 8 mg for men and 18 mg for pre-menopausal women. The tolerable upper intake—which is the maximum daily intake thought to be safe by the National Institutes of Health—is 45 mg for adults.

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    Default Re: Iron Is the New Cholesterol

    Breakfast cereals contain "non-heme" iron, which is not easily absorbed by the body. In addition, whole-grain cereals, like Cheerios, contain phytates which further inhibit non-heme iron absorption. Also, the calcium in the milk that most people pour on their cereals reduces the absorption of non-heme iron. So, even though the cereals contain a high amount of iron, it is the type of iron that's hard to absorb and other factors, like calcium, polyphenols, phytates, etc. all make it even harder for the body to absorb. Not sure we have to be too, too concern about overdosing on iron from breakfast cereal. **That said, it is inexcusable that some labels don't accurately reflect the true amount of iron in fortified foods. People with serious conditions who monitor their iron intake need to know with certainty the amount of iron they'r consuming. Definitely need to get the labeling right.
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