Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the United States. This is especially common in women, and, in pregnant women, it is associated with an increased risk of Low Birth Weight infants (LBW) due to the fetus not getting enough oxygen! There is something we can do!
Sources of Iron include; red meats (best), organ meats (best of the best), leafy green vegetables, iron fortified cereal, and, (something to help us bring it into ALL of our foods) cooking in a cast iron skillet.
Though it's important to get enough iron, we don't want too much! If you're taking an iron supplement, make sure it's less than 200% of the RDA (recommended dietary amount). Iron toxicity can result in Hemochomatosis, causes oxidative damage, reduces zinc absorption, and is the number one fatal poisoning in children under six years old.