Iron Is the New Cholesterol
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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.
It is entirely feasible that an average citizen could get awfully close to exceeding the maximum daily iron intake regarded as safe with a single bowl of what is supposed to be a pretty healthy whole-grain breakfast option.
And that’s just breakfast.
December 24, 2018 at 10:50 AM #4460EnthusiastParticipant
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If I was into breakfast cereal this could be a likely culprit.
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
December 24, 2018 at 11:14 AM #4472Canoeist52Participant
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This has been on-going for several years now, so naturally I find this scary…
Just this year, our town offered a reverse osmosis filtered water station at the town hall. For the last two months we’ve taken advantage of it and have been using the filtered water for cooking and drinking.
"There is nothing pragmatic about an incremental solution to a catastrophic problem." - Ron Placone
December 24, 2018 at 11:57 AM #4495jwirrParticipant
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appliance in the house yellow. Makes the water taste horrible and smell. They are calling it pollution but have no answers for the problem. Except I heard there is a filter that costs $30,00. What illness does it cause? One sure thing we no doubt have enough iron in our diets.
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