Throw out your aluminium saucepans and replace them with iron pots if you want to make sure your kids don’t suffer from anaemia.

Researchers in Ethiopia discovered that the number of cases of anaemia in children fell dramatically once the mothers started cooking with iron pots.

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common micro nutrient deficiency in the world, affecting more than 2000 million people, and can affect the health, growth and development in children of all ages.

So the discovery by a research team from McGill University in Quebec, Canada could provide food for thought for families the world over. The researchers monitored 407 children, whose haemoglobin levels were checked before and after the test, to see if there was any difference between those fed from aluminium pots and those whose mothers used iron ones.

Within three months the ‘iron pot’ children had greater haemoglobin levels, and they were already showing greater weight and height gains (Lancet, 1999; 353: 712-6).

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