If you’re a meat lover, beef is a great way to get some iron. Grill 6 ounces of sirloin steak for a meal that serves up 3.2 grams of this important mineral. How much iron do you need each day? It depends on your age and sex. Men need 8 milligrams (mg). Women should get 18 mg up to age 50, but only 8 after that. If you’re pregnant, you need as much as 27.
What if you don’t eat red meat? Don’t worry. Poultry is a good source of iron, too. Try turkey, chicken, or duck. A 3-ounce serving of duck has 2.3 mg of iron. The same amount of chicken or turkey gives you 1 mg.