Tannins X Non-heme Iron BAD COMBO


Tea/coffee PLUS non-heme Iron bad combo mix!

There are certain foods that really don’t go very well together. Tea/coffee X non-heme iron are definitely one of them. Just a quick explanation of iron. There are two types of iron found in foods, heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron are found in meats sources while non-heme are found in plant based sources legumes, leafy greens… Non-heme iron decreases absorption of iron in our bodies when paired with tea/coffee. What causes this type of reaction? Tea contains polyphenols called tannins that causes non-heme iron to form an insoluble compound thus inhibiting iron absorption!

TIP for all the coffee/tea lovers, vegetarians/vegans, and those who are anemic: Never pair NON-heme iron with tea/coffee with your meals. Best to consume your coffee/tea about an hour after your meals.

Stay Hearty.

Source: VeeTea

16 Responses to Tannins X Non-heme Iron BAD COMBO

  1. Wow, I am a vegetarian and I drink coffee daily. This is some great info!! Thank you for sharing!!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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  3. Hmm I don’t know but I guess I can use some good, warm tea now. Very interesting info there :)
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  4. Happy New Year Laurina! Can’t wait to see more gorgeous looks from you this year.

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  5. I learned something new. Thank you for the info.

    Happy New Year.


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