The Effect of Calcium on Iron Absorption
Calcium and iron are nutrients that are vital for good health. Both should be included in the diet every day. Poor iron status is particularly common in teenage girls and in young children. For example, The National Diet and Nutrition Survey of children aged 1 - 4 years indicated that 1 in 12 young children were anaemic and 16% of the under four-year-olds and 4% of the over four-year-olds sampled consumed less iron than the lower reference nutrient intake (LRNI), the amount judged to be enough for only a small number of individuals with low needs (Gregory et al, 1995).
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