Rusty old iron is toxic to our bodies. Yet God designed all living things to depend on a steady supply of iron to continue living. So how does His exquisite design safely transfer iron from the dirt to our bodies?
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?
To learn more about iron and how it is absorbed into your body, read the full article, Experiment—Iron: Toxin on the Table. You can even perform a cool experiment at the end of the article to find out how much iron is in your breakfast cereal! You will need an adult to help you with this experiment.