Experiment: What’s in Your Cereal?

on June 4, 2013

Have you ever wondered how much iron is in your cereal?

Your body depends on a wide range of potentially toxic minerals to survive. One is iron. If taken in its pure form, iron would kill you, but the Creator God put in place an elegant system to supply your daily iron without adding rusty nails to your breakfast.

By God’s design, we get iron from our food. Some foods have more than others, but all have iron. There are two different forms of iron, heme-iron and non-heme iron. Heme-iron, found in meat, fish, and poultry, is approximately three times more absorbable than the non-heme iron, which is found in vegetables, fruits, dried beans, nuts, grain products, and dietary supplements.

In fact, if you blended tonight’s dinner and ran a magnet through it, you’d discover bits of iron clinging to the tip of the magnet! So why is iron so important, and how do we get it safely into our bloodstream?

—Excerpt from Experiment: Seed Strength, Answers magazine, Vol. 8, No. 2

Did you know that the cereal you eat probably contains iron? Look on your favorite cereal’s nutritional label to find out. Read the remainder of Experiment: Seed Strength and perform a fun experiment at the end of the article. You will discover what the iron in your cereal looks like! This experiment requires adult supervision, so make sure you ask an adult for help.

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