Iron: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms


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What is the iron-containing protein responsible for transporting oxygen around the body?

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1. Why are animal-based foods a better source of usable iron than plant-based foods?

2. A pregnant woman has strong cravings for ice. This is a signal that she should probably _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Iron is an important mineral needed for transporting and using oxygen in the human body, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this element. Some things you'll be assessed on include causes and consequences of deficiency and toxicity of iron.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Iron-containing protein that is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body
  • Sources of heme and non-heme iron
  • Risk factors for and consequences of iron deficiency

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related nutrition lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the role of iron to answer questions about signs and symptoms of abnormal iron levels
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast heme and non-heme iron
  • Knowledge application - access the knowledge you've gained regarding iron metabolism

Additional Learning

Learn additional facts about nutrition and the physiology of iron by studying the lesson, Iron Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare and contrast hemoglobin and myoglobin
  • Explain what iron is and its sources
  • Define iron deficiency anemia, picophagia and hemochromatosis