The title of this entry is not particularly surprising. A recent study (JPGN 2013; 57: 722-27) showed that among 263 children (1.5-6 years in age) in Jerusalem, that anemia was present in 11.2%, iron deficiency in 22%, and iron-deficiency anemia in 3.7%.
Children with extremely low red meat consumption had 4-fold higher rates of iron deficiency than those who consumed ≥2 servings per week. Poultry intake was not protective.
Bottomline: As more families choose a ‘health-conscious diet,’ iron deficiency may become more frequent.
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