August 26, 2020
Pūhā and beans can boost iron count for pēpi
It's World Iron Deficiency Week, and Megan Tunks from Māori health advocacy group Toi Tangata says it's time for expectant mums to take stock of their diet.
Low iron levels are common in women, with serious consequences for mother and pēpi's health.
Green lipped kūtai, tinned salmon, lean beef steak, pūhā and beans are all iron rich kai whānau can eat without resorting to supplements.
Pēpi need iron as well.
"At 7 months a bubba needs more iron than their dad. Our babies, our pēpi, out tamariki, iron is really important for them as well and in New Zealand a lot of our tamariki are iron deficient and the only way of finding that is a blood test at the docctor, and we know we don't like doing that to our pēpi," Ms Tunks says.
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