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Best Foods High in Iron for People with Diabetes

Best Foods High in Iron for People with Diabetes

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: February 04, 2022   
Published: February 04, 2022   

Best Foods High in Iron for People with DiabetesBest Foods High in Iron for People with Diabetes
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Iron is one of the essential minerals, without which our body is unable to properly function. Although iron is a part of every cell of human body, the body cannot produce iron on its own and therefore, iron must be acquired via diet or supplements.

Iron is needed to make part of blood cells – that is why it’s called essential. The human body needs iron to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells, while myoglobin is located in the cardiac and skeletal muscle cells. Besides, Iron makes up part of many proteins in the body.

Unfortunately, people with diabetes are prone to having iron deficiency (Iron Deficiency Anemia or IDA). That’s mostly because diabetes often causes kidney damage. IDA may harmfully affect your glycemic control and can lead to serious complications in diabetic patients. However, correcting your situation with anemia will improve diabetes control, which may delay or even prevent the occurrence of serious diabetic complications. That is why it is extremely important to maintain healthy level of iron in the body.

Thankfully, you can get enough iron from multiple animal and plant food sources, including: red meat (such as beef and beef liver, pork, lamb), chicken (dark meat), chicken liver, turkey, tuna, oysters, clams, eggs, shrimp, salmon, instant oatmeal, enriched raisin bran, tofu, lentils, whole wheat bread, dried fruit (such as raising, apricots, prunes), legumes and beans (among which are soybeans, dried banana, peas, kidney beans, and lima beans), molasses, brown rice, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, kale, collards, Brazil nuts, almonds, and peanut butter.

Such a broad variety of foods provides you with many options when it comes to cooking your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are certain that by just reading these lines you already envision some delicious dishes that can cook and enjoy, while replenishing your iron supply at the same time. Here, we would like to share with you a few of our favorite recipes that are made with iron-rich ingredients.

Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Bourguignon)

This is a super delicious and aromatic beef stew braised in red wine and beef stock, flavored with a bit of bacon and vegetables. This diabetic-friendly dinner entrée definitely deserves a place on your dinner table!

Shrimp Cocktail with Celery

Shrimp cocktail is a very common appetizer. Nevertheless, more often than not, shrimp cocktails are made of ingredients that people with diabetes should rather avoid. The recipe you see here is not only tasty, but diabetic-friendly as well.

Salmon Salad

This diabetic-friendly salad with salmon with fruits, vegetables, and nuts will give you rich, unusual and delicious flavor.

Brown Rice with Vegetables

Brown rice and vegetables makes a great diabetic-friendly side dish that will complement any main course.

Fried Tofu in Garlic Sauce

A very aromatic and savory dish that is very diabetic-friendly. Being very quick and easy to make, this tofu recipe can be a great dinner option.

Beef Liver with Apples

Try this diabetic-friendly recipe and enjoy tender beef liver with the apple flavor that makes this dish special.

Shrimp Fried in Garlic Oil with Thyme

This simple diabetes-friendly shrimp recipe is very easy make and it turns out delicious!

Grilled Salmon in Mustard Sauce

Having a grill party, but not all guests eat meat? This simple diabetic-friendly recipe will help you treat those, who are not in the mood for a burger.

Baked Tofu

Tofu dishes are very popular around the world and it’s not surprising – they are tasty, healthy, and very diabetic-friendly. This dish is a very simple one that you can prepare in minutes.

Tuna Steak in Soy Sauce

The simple marinade made of soy sauce, olive oil, and lemon juice gives this diabetic-friendly fish a wonderful taste and aroma.

Asparagus, Bell Pepper and Cauliflower Salad with Spinach and Olives

This diabetic-friendly salad is a perfect harmony of taste and health benefits.
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