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Don't forget a pint of the black stuff
Extreme violence and an anorexic girlfriend ?
There's hardly any iron in guiness - it's a myth!
"You'd need to drink three pints of Guinness to provide the same amount of iron as a single egg yolk (1.1mg), and alcohol is not good for babies. A pint of Guinness contains 0.3mg of iron, less than three per cent of daily adult needs. Put another way, you'd need to drink 15 pints of Guinness to get the same amount of iron as two Weetabix. " (taken from the daily mail so it must be true!)Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1222684/Dont-believe-say--Guinness-isnt-good-you.html#ixzz16wxSL5pb
But it's also in the Times: "Guinness contains no more iron than most other beers, and that's precious little - a mere 0.3 milligrams a pint, compared with 1.1 milligrams in an egg and a whopping 4.2 milligrams in a bowl of Weetabix. "
I also read ages ago that there is way more iron in 100g of dried apricots (3.4g) than in a pint of guiness so that's a no brainer for me since I hate guiness!!!
I would rather drink 15 pints of guinness than eat two weetabixs or an egg
Spinach is an interesting one. I'm not an expert so I can only go on what I read but the way I understand it, it's got iron in just like any other green leafy vegetable, but it's not the best source of iron because it also contains oxalic acid which is an iron absorption inhibitor. See here.
Bottom line, spinach is good for you cos it's a green leafy vegetable, but there are better sources of iron. I've got a load of chick peas in my salad and I'm making a big chilli this evening, so that should sort me out.
Spinach may contain oxalic acid but around 50% is still available as iron it has alot of other nutrients which make it a useful food.
there are alot of myths about food and alot of confusion and alot of the reserch is biased - ie towards whoever is funding it there are many clever ways of designing experiments to give you results that you want
me - vegan who was ironed up enough to be accepted as a blood donor so therefore NOT anaemic and I don't tend to use suppliments