Research needed on iron in nutrition, argues SACN group

More work needs to be done to look at the impacts of iron deficiency and excess on human health, according to Professor Peter Aggett, chair of the Iron Working Group at the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

Speaking at the Sustaining the Health of the Nation conference in London yesterday, he said that, in the absence of concrete data, advice on the public health perspectives is largely precautionary and should be seen as an incentive for further studies.

“We do not have sound knowledge on the public health nutritional perspective on iron and, sadly, there is a paucity of appropriate studies on the impact of iron deficiency and excess per se,” said Aggett.

Better information on the health implications of ingesting too much or too little iron has implications for improving public health nutrition advice in relation to red meat.

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