Fitch CW, et al. Dietary factors affecting iron status of children residing in rural West Virginia. W V Med J. May/Jun 2008;104(3):19-22.
This cross-sectional study was designed to determine the prevalence of iron deficiency among a group of infants (6 months to 11.9 months) and toddlers (12 months to 24 months) and to examine the relationship between dietary intake and iron status. The results indicated that milk and calcium intakes were inversely associated with iron status. Each additional serving of meat increased the odds of normal iron status by about 30%. Meat intake might help to prevent iron deficiency, during the transition to table foods.