What Should I Avoid in My Diet with Anemia?

There is certain unhealthy food items that should avoided while you are suffering from any type of anemia. These are given below, read them carefully to prevent it from getting worst.

Say no To Tannins:
Tannins are the plant based naturally occurring substance. They are generally responsible for the astringent taste in any food item. They are present in green, black and rooibos tea, grains, coffee, wine, corn and sorghum etc. They interfere with the non-heme iron absorption from plant sources like beans, spinach, legumes and other dark green leafy vegetables. If you anaemic then you must avoid all the food items that contains tannins in it.

No Gluten:
Gluten allergy can be seen in celiac disease that may result in damaging the intestinal wall, preventing nutrients such as folate and iron from getting completely absorbed. If they are left untreated, then this mal-absorption can result in anaemia. Gluten, which is present in wheat, barley, rye, oats and other foods prepared from these grains. Gluten must only be avoided, however, if you are allergic to it and not otherwise. Don’t forget to ask your doctor also.

Avoid Phytates:
Also termed as phytic acid is present in various food items such as legumes, whole grains, nuts and yes brown rice also. Processed or refined version of these food products like white rice or white flour have had the bran removed and thus contains less phytic acid. It also binds with the iron in digestive system and therefore inhibiting its absorption.

Dietary Interactions:
Calcium may interfere with iron absorption; therefore taking calcium containing food products in combo with iron containing food items can affect how much iron you absorb. This is the reason that it is better to take calcium containing foods at different time intervals from various sources of iron, e.g. beef, beans and lentils must be eaten in combo with milk, cheese and yogurt.

Zinc is essential for Folate to be absorbed completely, so getting adequate Folate in the diet is important with Folate related anaemia. Good sources like oysters, liver, meat, eggs and legumes. Vitamin C is helpful in converting the non-heme iron in vegetables into a usable type, so having foods that are high in vitamin C like citrus fruit juice, asparagus and bell peppers along with non-heme iron will aid absorption.

Avoid Oxalic acid foods:
Food products having oxalic acid in it are well known to interfere with the absorption of iron. So people who are anaemic are advised to avoid food that contains oxalic acid. So avoid them during the course of your medication. Examples of food products that contain oxalic acid are parsley (ajwain), spinach, peanuts and chocolates etc.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.