The iron they pump into foods, where does it come from?

E.g. iron pyrophosphate in Nesquick.

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  • 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.

    • I even read that iron pyrphosphate is dangerous for unborn babies. Wtf

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