The iron they pump into foods, where does it come from?
E.g. iron pyrophosphate in Nesquick.
- 1 month ago
Ferric pyrophospate is manufactured by chemical companies from metallic iron and pyrophosphoric acid. It is a simple form of chelated iron and is used as a dietary supplement. However, most people cannot absorb iron in this form and it simply passes through the gut. Why they put it in milk shake powder is a mystery to me - but it's probably cheaper than food. Most iron supplements are made from animal blood and they are more readily absorbed.