My mum has just been diagnosed with a hereditary disorder that causes an iron overload. I have already started showing symptoms of it and expect to be diagnoses after my next load of bloods.
Approx 1 in 7 people are carriers of the gene (not sufferers, just carriers) so there's a good chance my son will have it too. He currently eats Weetabix with the odd bowl of coco pops here and there, which are both fortified with iron. "Just in case" he has it I'd like to change him over to something that doesn't have added iron. Does anyone know of such a cereal?
Lol thanks for your help. Try not to buy anything Nestle if I can help it but the good thing (or bad depending on how you look at it) is that he doesn't like shredded wheat anyway. Unless its mixed with chocolate and syrup to make bird nest cakes!lol.
Cannot for the life of me get him to eat porridge, the loved it when he was a baby.
Well I suppose depending on how things go my boy may need to become a toast and eggs for breakfast boy whether he likes it or not.
Doesn't really affect me as i try not to eat carbs, not just because I'm on a diet, but because it alleviates a whole load of symptoms in me and have just discovered tonight that this disease (Haemochromatosis) can also cause a yeast overload, hence why decreasing the carbs may be decreasing a whole load of symptoms.
Sheeeeeeesh I shoulda been a doc! Thanks for your help ladies and any other suggestion are appreciated!
You could assemble your own muesli from the basic ingredients (bought in bulk), so you know what's going into it. If he doesn't like muesli you may need to go for toast and eggs, but (offhand) isn't most commercial bread fortified too? So you may need to bake your own.
My dd is seeing a dietician as she has cancer and I was horrified/amazed that ORGANIC BABY FOOD is not legally allowed to have annything added to it eg, it cannot be fortified. So Heinz etc is going to have vitamins and iron but if you check organic packets carefully you will probably find that they don't have any added vitamins and minerals, and if they do it will written quite clearly on packaging because I think they have to declare it IYKWIM.
Just to clarify, that means that when babies hit 6mo and start needed extra iron in their diet, mums who feed them organic stuff like me need to try to use a fortified cereal or some fortified foods, keep an eye on their kids colouring/tiredness levels in case they are low in iron. I'd never have thought of it unless dietician had pointed it out!
Similar to annoyingdevil, think the Tesco value rice crispies (sold just in the bag, not in box) are not fortified with vits or iron either, was looking at packaging the other day. Haven't tasted though!