Which foods might a Hemochromatosis sufferer want to limit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Are there foods you think one might be surprised to learn have a high iron content.

I am primarily concerned with meat sources since the iron in it is so much more bioavailable.

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on December 13, 2012
at 07:02 PM

This isn't an exact answer, but some information that might help lead in the direction of finding other surprise foods that are high in iron. Apparently black olives are high in it, as well as some root veggies like beets, but I don't know if they are as bioavailable as the iron in meat.

Ray Peat writes a bit about iron toxicity and has some ideas on reducing it (avoiding fortified grains, already a part of paleo is one of them) and not eating too much muscle meat is another, especially without fatty gelatinous bits. Also claims that sipping coffee after a muscle meat meal can help reduce the absorption of iron. I am not a Peat expert, but there are a lot of people out there who have broken his stuff down quite a bit on their blogs and through their own articles, maybe something will be helpful to you:



He also recommends dairy and gelatin as preferred sources of protein due to their low iron levels.


It might be a helpful school of thought to do some research in to help out. Hope you find something that works for you!

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