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Although usually portrayed as the richest source of iron, spinach is actually a good source but not the best source. When compared with red meat, it contains almost the same amount: 100g of spinach contains 2.7 mg of iron versus 2.6 mg found in 100g of meat. But the difference is that iron from animal foods has a higher absorption in the body than the iron from plant/vegetables sources. So spinach contains a good amount of iron however in a form less available for absorption than iron which is present in meat. The good news is that you can enhance iron absorption from spinach and other green leafy vegetables by eating a vitamin-C rich food with you meal, such as oranges, melons, strawberries, tomatoes or bell pepper.

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