Quiz – Iron Man, Iron Lady

Iron is a mineral whose very name—unlike, say, cobalt or phosphorus—suggests strength and fortitude. But the benefit of this mineral is not the hardening of muscles or bones. Take our quiz to see if you know why iron is so important and where to find it:

1. Iron is a mineral found in every cell of the body.
A. True
B. False

2. Low iron levels over a long period of time can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. A symptom of this condition is ____.
A. Lack of energy
B. Headache
C. Irritability
D. Dizziness
E. All of the above.

3. All of the following are among the best food sources of iron EXCEPT:
A. Dried beans
B. Raisins
C. Milk
D. Eggs
E. Lean red meat

4. For children between 4-8 years of age, the recommended daily intake of iron is ___ milligrams.
A. 2
B. 5
C. 7
D. 10
E. 18

5. Meat sources of iron have no effect on the body’s absorption of iron from vegetable sources.
A. True
B. False


1. A. True. Iron is considered an essential mineral because it is needed to make part of blood cells. It also makes up part of many proteins in the body.

2. E. All of the above. Other symptoms include weight loss and shortness of breath.

3. C. Milk is a poor source of iron. Along with the other answers listed above, good sources of iron include eggs, poultry, salmon and tuna, and whole grain.

4. D. 10 milligrams. The group with the largest recommendation is females between 19-50 years old, who should try for 18 milligrams a day.

5. B. False. Mixing some lean meat, fish, or poultry with beans or dark leafy greens at a meal can improve absorption of vegetable sources of iron up to three times. Foods rich in vitamin C also increase iron absorption.
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