Diet for Anaemia
Anaemia occurs when the level of haemoglobin (red blood cells) falls below normal levels, causing a decrease in the supply of oxygen in the tissues.

Anaemia occurs when the level of haemoglobin (red blood cells) falls below normal levels, causing a decrease in the supply of oxygen in the tissues.

A diet rich in iron helps in increasing the heamoglobin levels. It is seen that iron from animal sources (heme-iron) is more readily absorbed than iron from plant sources (non-heme iron). The addition of vitamin C to the diet helps in the absorption of iron and hence squeezing some lime juice on your salads/food and eating or drinking foods rich in vitamin C along with your meals would facilitate iron absorption. Avoid drinking tea with your meals as the tannins present in the tea can interfere with the absorption of iron from the meal.

Option Early Morning Breakfast Mid Morning Lunch Evening Dinner
breakfast mid morning lunch late noon snackes dinner
1 Tomato Carrot juice High Energy Poha, Kiwifruit Flavoured Yogurt (fat free) Brown rice, Alu Gobi, Rajma Curry, Tomato Salad, Lime juice Tea Whole Wheat Phulkas/Rotis, Spiced Stir Fry Beets, Spinach and Moong Dal, Sprouted, Methi Salad, Cherries
2 Beetroot carrot and Orange Juice Cereal (100% iron fortified), Milk (1 % fat), Strawberries Gujrathi Khandvi Whole Wheat Rolls, Cream of Spinach Soup, Tuna salad, 100% Orange juice Green Tea Green Pulav, Stir Fry Vegetables, Rajma Salad, Onion raita, Nectarine
3 Carrot Spinach and Lime Juice Oatmeal (fortified) made with water, Papaya Lettuce Soup Methi Rotis, Brinjal Bhurtha, Masala Moth beans, 100% Pineapple Juice Soy Milk Chicken biryani, Kumb Kali Mirch, Mint raita, Tangerine
4 Green Tea Methi Dhokla, Dates chutney, Orange Yogurt (fat free) Bajra kichdi, Khatal sabzi, Mint sauce garden salad, Lemonade Tea Til roti, Keerai Masiyal, Pindi channa, Grapes
5 Wheat grass juice Cereal (100%iron fortified), Milk (1 %fat), Strawberries Fresh green soup Clear Tomato Soup, Shepherd's pie, Green salad with Orange Sauce, Fruit Cocktail Mint tea Vegeterian Broccoli soup, Wild Rice and Chicken Salad, Fruit Kebabs

Indian women are susceptible to anemia. If you are anemic, do choose one of the iron-rich diet plans. The dietitian will be able to help you with a tailor-made meal plan to boost your iron levels.

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