Food & Nutrition

6 cereals that are high in iron

Published by Finn Hayden

Our modern diets are so often missing key vitamins and minerals due to the way that our food is processed. One such mineral which is often absent from our diets is Iron, and the issue with a lack of Iron in your diet is that it's a mineral your body needs to perform a number of important functions, including maintaining healthy blood.

Often, the easiest and most effective way to get more iron into our diet is to eat foods which have been fortified with iron, such as cereals. Fortunately, there are lots of cereals that you can buy in the UK which have been fortified with this mineral. We thought it would be useful to round up the highest iron cereals that you can buy in the UK, let's get into it:

Weetabix Banana - 5.3mg per 2 biscuits

We've already published an entire guide about how healthy Weetabix is, and part of what makes the cereal so healthy is that it's fortified with vitamins and minerals, including iron. The same goes for the variations of Weetabix that have been launched recently, including Weetabix Banana. In fact, we were shocked to find that Weetabix Banana contains 5.3mg of Iron per 2 biscuits, which is actually 0.8mg more Iron than what you'll find in the original version of Weetabix. We're not sure why Weetabix Banana contains so much Iron, but it's certainly a nice additional benefit to get from the cereal. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
Weetabix Banana

Weetos - 3.6mg per 30g

We should start by clarifying that we probably wouldn't consider Weetos to be a particularly healthy cereal, due to the quite high levels of sugar and calories. But at 3.6mg of Iron per 30g, there is no denying that Weetos is high in iron. So if you're someone who is looking to increase your intake but also doesn't like plan-tasting cereal, then a bowl of Weetos is a great option. Just be warned, these are pretty addictive! Learn more and buy them here - sainsburys.co.uk

Weetos

Multigrain Cheerios - 3.6mg per 30g

Like many of the cereals from Nestle, every variation of Cheerios is fortified with vitamins and minerals. The honey variety of Cheerios contains 3mg of Iron per 30g, but it's the Multigrain Cheerios which are the highest in Iron at 3.6mg per 30g. Multigrain Cheerios actually contain exactly the same amount of Iron as Weetos, but we'd obviously recommend going with Multigrain Cheerios if you're wanting a cereal which is healthier overall. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.asda.com

Multigrain Cheerios

Tesco Wheat Biscuits - 4.6mg per 2 biscuits

We've already mentioned that Weetabix and the variations of the cereal are quite high in Iron, and the same goes for many of the supermarket own-brand versions of Weetabix. We were very surprised and impressed to see that the Tesco version of Weetabix actually contains more iron than the original Weetabix. In 2 Tesco Wheat Biscuits, you get 4.6mg of Iron, compared to 4.5mg of Iron in 2 original Weetabix biscuits. So although the difference isn't huge, it's still noteworthy. Learn more and buy this cereal from Tesco here - tesco.com

Tesco Wheat Biscuits

Ready Brek - 3.6mg per 30g

We also published a guide not long ago about how healthy Ready Brek is, and one of the aspects of this cereal which makes it healthy is that it's fortified with minerals such as Iron. Ready Brek actually contains 3.6mg of Iron per 30g, and this number rises even more if you use as much milk as we do with our Ready Brek (we love a milky porridge). Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Front of Ready Brek box

Tesco Cornflakes - 4.2mg per 30g

We were surprised when we looked at Kellogg's Corn Flakes that, despite the cereal being fortified with quite a few vitamins and minerals, the cereal was actually quite low in Iron at just 2.4mg per 30g. But once again, when we looked at the Tesco version of this popular cereal we found that it was packed with almost twice as much Iron. At 4.2mg of Iron per 30g, you're definitely better to eat the Tesco version of Corn Flakes rather than the Kellogg's version if your main priority is to increase your Iron intake. Learn more and buy the cereal here - tesco.com

Tesco Corn Flakes

We hope this guide helps you to find a great cereal which is high in Iron. Let us know if you've tried any of these cereals or if you have any other suggestions for us. If you'd like to read something similar, we have a guide about the highest fibre cereal you can buy in the UK.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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