Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problem in the world especially in poor and developing countries. 2 billion people are anemic, and fighting to solve this problem needs a helping hand whereas supplements are too expensive for many.
For this reason, Dr. Christopher Charles, a Canadian science graduate invented the “lucky iron fish” after visiting Cambodia six years ago where anemia was a huge public health problem.
Dr. Charles found out that, children in the villages of Kandal province were small and weak with slow mental development. Since then he devoted himself to fight iron deficiency.
Almost 50 percent of Cambodians are affected by this illness. Dr. Charles is hoping that his lucky iron fish would help decrease the nutritional problem.
The lucky iron fish idea came from the common iron cast pots, where according to research, cooking in cast iron pots increased the iron content of food.
This lump of fish-shaped metal is a symbol of luck in Cambodian culture and it will help release the right amount of iron needed to provide nutrients to women and children across the country.
The recipe is simple, “Boil up water or soup with the iron fish for at least 10 minutes. That enhances the iron which leaches from it.”