FACT: Both the amount and type of iron in food matters.
The iron in animal-based foods such as meat, fish and poultry (heme iron) is better absorbed than the iron in plant foods (tofu, lentils, cereal) and eggs (non-heme iron).2 That’s why if you don’t eat meat, fish or poultry, you’ll need almost twice as much iron.2
Health Canada, Canadian Nutrient File, 2015. Food codes: 3053, 3377, 842, 6172. Nutrient amounts rounded as per 2016 CFIA labelling rounding rules. % Daily Values calculated based on Health Canada’s 2016 Nutrition Labelling – Table of Daily Values.