Finding Iron In Your Cereal Looks Pretty Gross

There is iron in cereal. That's good! But it looks pretty gross. Here's how to find it: soak a cup of cereal in a Ziploc bag with water, mix it up and then rub a magnet over the bag. You'll see the metallic iron trailing the magnet. You eat that!

But as you should know, eating iron isn't bad. Breakfast cereals are fortified with iron as a mineral supplement. A diet deficient in iron actually causes fatigue, a weaker immune system and an increased heart rate. Eating this metal is good for you! It's only seeing it in food that makes it gross. You could also say you eat nails for breakfast when you eat a bowl of cereal now. Read more about iron in cereal at Steve Spangler Science. [Steve Spangler Science]


    Useless fact I remember from a report I did in grade 6. There is enough Iron in your body to make 6 7cmx3mm nails.

    Iron binds oxygen to red blood cells, so no need for alarm, we need it.

    Gina Rinehart might start surveying our bodies for minerals.

    Wow, I'm amazed at the quantity!! I always figured it'd be minute, but the fact that you can see so much from such a small serving is really astounding.

    Blood is red because of iron oxidation. That is all.

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