COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, affecting 1.6 billion people.
The highest prevalence of anemia is in Pre-K aged children, but several groups are still at a high risk including:
- Women who menstruate
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People who have undergone major surgery
- People with gastrointestinal diseases
- Vegetarians or vegans
Dr. Paula says that iron is a mineral and an essential nutrient, which means that it must be eaten, the body does not make iron on its own.
Some foods that are high in iron include:
- Spinach, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables
- Pinto beans and legumes
- Pumpkin seeds
- Fortified cereals, like Frosted Flakes
You can watch the full segment with Dr. Paula Walker-King in the video above.