Human iron absorption from lentil

  • Lentils

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Diane DellaValle

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

USDA-ARS, Robert W Holley Centre for Agriculture and Health, Cornell University


To characterize the iron (Fe) absorption from a test meal of intrinsically-labeled 57 Fe lentils. To compare the bioavailability of Fe from 57 Fe-intrinsically-labeled lentils to that observed for a reference dose of 58Fe as ferrous sulfate. To assess associations between Fe absorption from each meal and iron status indicators.


Iron absorption from the lentil meal was low overall, but was upregulated in women with poor iron status.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2013 - 2014