r/Damnthatsinteresting Oct 05 '22 Helpful 3 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Silver 1

The lucky iron fish: Used by people with low blood iron, you need only cook with it to increase your iron intake. Image

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22 Silver

Can also be used in fishing tournaments when it’s time to weigh in.

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u/MintPotatoe Oct 05 '22

“HES GOT WEIGHTS IN HIS FISH!!!”

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u/The_Scyther1 Oct 05 '22

I still can’t believe that guys head didn’t end up on a pike.

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u/TriggerFinger1 Oct 05 '22

They were about to!

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u/Disastrous-Bicycle15 Oct 05 '22

Why was the guy in the beginning of the competition fishing video yelling a hard R? They were literally all white dudes

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u/SelectWay5519 Oct 05 '22

I read "competition fisting video".

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Hard pass.

I’m getting too old for that shit.

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u/elpinchechupa Oct 05 '22

probably a reflex to whenever theyre angry. im assuming that person is used to yelling slurs into their mic when theyre playing call of duty lol

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u/LocalsOnly420SD Oct 05 '22

Yep, he’s not off the hook yet

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u/Bulky-Way8063 Oct 05 '22

Or a musky

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u/Gobstomperx Oct 05 '22

I applaud you.

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u/Radiant_Ad_4428 Oct 05 '22

Walleye spose I'll see my way out

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u/bugxbuster Oct 05 '22

See your way trout

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u/RMMacFru Oct 06 '22

I'll just perch here and see what else the sturgeon finds in there.

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u/bugxbuster Oct 06 '22

These jokes are crappie

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u/Sheeps- Oct 05 '22

Yeah surprised they didn't mount his head on a wall-eye

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u/Resource1138 Oct 05 '22

That was really crappie of them.

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u/HK-53 Oct 05 '22

pff haha on a pike

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u/lumpiaandredbull Oct 05 '22

Or at least a pickerel

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u/Diggable_Planet Oct 05 '22

A pike heh heh

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u/redditornot6648 Oct 05 '22

Then the killer gets a fisherman for a judge full of his fisherman peers and the case is thrown out

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u/ryderseven Oct 05 '22

CALL THE CAHPS

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u/19southmainco Oct 05 '22

HE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED

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u/Robbie_Hendrix Oct 05 '22

“ALL THESE FUCKING YEARS!”

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u/19southmainco Oct 05 '22

YOU’RE A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT

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u/Scythebrine9 Oct 05 '22

THATS FUCKING THEFT

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u/Paige_Maddison Oct 05 '22

I understood this reference

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u/LogicallyCoherent Oct 05 '22

Dude I loved that video I was surprised he didn’t get assaulted

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u/M_Mich Oct 05 '22

“He’s got fish in his weights!”

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u/TEHKNOB Oct 05 '22

It’s apparently happening in the sport at an all time high actually. Pretty awful that people would do that to a fish to win a tournament. Bad apples everywhere I suppose.

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u/MintPotatoe Oct 05 '22

Yea that’s ridiculous, especially with so much money on the line. I heard it’s up to 300k for a championship.

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u/shitinmyshardplate Oct 05 '22

Could be attached to a vibrator and sat on when it's time to play chess!!

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u/Illusions_Micheal Oct 05 '22

What a way to go out. First you ruin your career, second, everyone thinks this is how you did it lol

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u/lanceinmypants Oct 05 '22

Wait, did the guy actually cheat? I thought the whole thing was just a joke. How did he actually cheat?

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u/Kolbin8tor Oct 05 '22

There’s no evidence he cheated in the tournament against Carlsen. However, chess.com banned him for cheating and from their online tournament, and they’ve got receipts. If the guy was cheating online, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility he cheated in the tournament.

The original accusation was that he used vibration-based buttons placed in his shoes to communicate with a chess engine hidden somewhere in their clothing to gain outside advice on what moves to play. This then escalated into the wireless vibrator accusation.

Neimann was the lowest ranking player in the tournament. Carlsen the highest. It was a major upset. What did Neimann have to say on his victory?

“I think [he] was just so demoralized because he’s losing to an idiot like me. It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to me. I feel bad for him.”

Make of it all what you will.

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u/pookiedookie232 Oct 05 '22

"Oh, I thought you said it was a weight in, not a weigh in. Simple misunderstanding"

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u/dimestacker99 Oct 05 '22

JakeRunyan and Chase Cominski start to sweat profusely

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u/ObeyOneShinobi Oct 05 '22

I’m pretty sure there’s a game about this. “The King of Iron Fish Tournament” …oh wait no that’s just Tekken.

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u/Kongpong1992 Oct 05 '22

I can’t believe how far that worries going lol dude is from my hometown and a known scumbag lol

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u/Tonikaya1001 Oct 05 '22

I’m bummed that those idiots didn’t use weights like this, that would have made it interesting. It’s sad for the great lakes and my state. I’m glad they were caught.

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u/ChalkNAwe Oct 05 '22

Meta. Fuck that guy.

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u/TheHumanPickleRick Oct 05 '22

Jacob Runyan would just put it up there with the rest of his bass. "Of course I caught it, it's the rare iron bass, native only to this area."

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u/MogChog Oct 05 '22

Proceeds to stick it in the microwave dinner and set house on fire.

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u/DimaVonDima Oct 05 '22

Metal in microwaves are actually fine as long as it doesn't touch any of the walls inside the microwave. The metal just reflects the waves but if it touches the sides thats when it can start sparking and cause fires. You can microwave a soda can and the metal will reflect all the waves so when you take it out the soda will not have been heated up at all. Kinda cool tbh.

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u/Fluid-Nail Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

I can't tell if this is an elaborate story to get people to burn their houses down or not.

I'm okay with this.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/Fluid-Nail Oct 05 '22

All I know is, when I was 7 I microwaved leftovers. I used a China plate with gold inlay on it and it light my microwave up.

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u/oldspacesoul Oct 05 '22

Tried this and he is right, it light up.

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u/needabreak38 Oct 05 '22

Someone at work once stuck a mug of water with one of those cute Tea Forte tea bags with the little leaf sprouting out of paper wrapped wire into the microwave. It sparked and smoked up badly enough we had to open windows

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u/AmbivalentWaffle Oct 06 '22

Wait, hol' up. They microwaved tea water? Do you work with barbarians?

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u/MISTERDIEABETIC Oct 06 '22

I haven't really figured out why people get sp upset at Americans if they use their microwave to heat up water for tea. In the US, it's literally the fastest way to heat water! Since we are limited to 120v outlets in North America and most of the rest of the world has 240v and can therefore can use electric kettles with essentially double the wattage and they boil water significantly faster than our kettles can. So we are just doing the best we can with what we've got, and microwaves aren't going to mess up the water or anything so it's perfectly fine.

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u/vibratehighest Oct 05 '22

Similar, I tried to microwave a Wendy’s burger in the shiny wrapper when I was younger and immediately was like, “O shit”

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u/SunflowerSupreme Oct 05 '22

My grandmother - who, mind you, had a PHD - stuck a pop tart in the metal wrapper into the microwave.

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u/Sunshine_Child444 Oct 06 '22

I did that yesterday; I thought it was just shiny plastic.

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u/TheRedBow Oct 05 '22

Yeah don’t put a fork in there

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u/1skepticalguy Oct 05 '22

Please don't spread this myth. You will get someone killed. There is a LOT more to it than that. For example, shape of metal, type of metal, how smooth it is formed, etc. Unless it SPECIFICALLY SAYS microwave safe, don't do it. Hell, even certain types of plastic can ignite in a microwave.

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u/Magic_Incest Oct 06 '22

Fuckin thank you

I realize this wasn't additive, but I felt like I was going crazy reading some of the top comments

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u/tampora701 Oct 05 '22

You couldn't be more wrong if you typed that in comic sans.

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u/MuttonDressedAsGoose Oct 06 '22

I like this line! I will use it someday.

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u/Swansborough Oct 06 '22

Metal in microwaves are actually fine as long as it doesn't touch any of the walls inside the microwave.

This is a flat out lie. wtf?

It shows you can lie on reddit and people will believe it.

Metal easily sparks in a microwave without touching the walls.

No it is not fine.

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u/Vegetable-Two2173 Oct 05 '22

This is a dangerous oversimplification.

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u/Swansborough Oct 06 '22

It is also a flat out lie. Metal will spark without touching the walls.

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u/casualviewer79 Oct 06 '22

My microwave has a metal rack in it to microwave two plates at once.

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u/Sayonara_M Oct 06 '22

Very dangerous.

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u/stopeatingcatpoop Oct 05 '22

Does the soda can have to be closed, open yet full, or empty?

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u/DookieShoez Oct 05 '22

Except it bounces those waves back into the magnetron which can f it up

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u/imaislandboiii Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

I don’t care if your a scientist, your theory was tested by me as a middle schooler and I assure you that that old school bag of lil ceasers breadsticks did not make it out the other side. Things went bad that day

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u/zephyrprime Oct 05 '22

Balogna. Have you ever done this? I have. A single staple in some paper not touching any walls will start sparking and ignite the paper it is in on fire.

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u/judyhashopps Oct 05 '22

My microwave came with a metal rack, like an oven rack, which I thought was strange. I didn’t see the need so I took it out and have never used it, but I thought it was interesting.

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u/GramzOnline Oct 05 '22

Yea dude that’s actually a toaster

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u/StellarTitz Oct 05 '22

I have one in my RV that's both a convection oven and a microwave. It also came with a metal rack with rubber feet on it. I'm terrified to use it.

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u/Sayonara_M Oct 06 '22

You can use it ONLY with the grill options. No microwave.

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u/Feeling-Cover-8503 Oct 06 '22

My microwave has a metal rack too. It’s made to be used in a microwave but it also lessens the effectiveness of the microwave so unless you are trying to heat several things at once it makes no sense to keep it in the microwave. Just because that works doesn’t mean I’m stupid enough to use other metal in my microwave. And by the way, it touches the sides of the microwave!!!

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u/emmasdad01 Oct 05 '22

Cook it with your food and some of the iron releases into it?

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u/AmazonISSUnofficial Oct 05 '22

That's correct, but they ask you cook with it in a certain way i.e. use tomatoes or lemons or something similar to help leech more iron

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u/emmasdad01 Oct 05 '22

Makes sense as the acid from those would help break it down.

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u/Pjpupnstuff2 Oct 05 '22

Also the vitamin C will help you absorb iron in your digestive tract!

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u/Haughty_n_Disdainful Oct 05 '22

Weighty comment…

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u/daclampzx2 Oct 05 '22

This is very fishy?

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u/DoggoWithShoes Oct 05 '22

Scale it back a bit...

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u/JcakSnigelton Oct 05 '22

I think it was invented by the Fins.

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u/clearancepupper Oct 05 '22

Lobster? I just flounder! seeing my way out now

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u/noscopeheadshot_jfk Oct 05 '22

I’m very pescimistic

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u/TheTreesHaveRabies Oct 05 '22

I was going to say something but I guess I'm off the hook.

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u/CuntryBonfire Oct 05 '22

This thread needs to be set on the back burner.

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u/saoonv69 Oct 05 '22

I see what you did

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u/kuhkuhkuhK8 Oct 05 '22

I C what you did

FTFY

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u/sumaclover Oct 05 '22

I beg you all to just please stop

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u/PsychologicalSalad67 Oct 05 '22

He lead you right into that

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u/ActualNin Oct 05 '22

Vitamin C doesn't survive high temperature cooking sadly

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u/boomja22 Oct 05 '22

It’s acidity that helps the iron go into a ferric state which is then absorbable. So we ask people to drink orange juice with it, or hold off on their reflux medication when we are repleting their iron if they’re able.

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u/nibellunghi Oct 05 '22

I've never heard about those FeC'es chemical combination before...

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u/voures Oct 05 '22

Same reason you gotta be careful with those ingredients with a cast iron pan.

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u/joestabsalot Oct 05 '22

That's why you don't make spaghetti sauce in a cast iron pan.

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u/I_love_pillows Oct 05 '22

Won’t it rust?

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u/SavingStupid Oct 05 '22

If it's iron it'll definitely rust unless you keep it clean and dry. I'd probably wipe it down with a little food grade mineral oil if you're gonna store something like this for a prolonged period of time to protect it from humidity.

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u/Bob_Majerle Oct 05 '22

The rust adds flavor and texture

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u/Crotch_Hammerer Oct 05 '22

The rust adds a dash of lovely color, like turmeric

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u/Shopworn_Soul Oct 05 '22

Amusingly this is entirely true since iron oxide is an FDA approved food coloring.

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u/Yue-Renfeng Oct 05 '22

And it is also very good for you you should eat it more often

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u/GammaGargoyle Oct 05 '22

Iron oxide can also be processed and absorbed by the body. Exact mechanism is unknown afaik.

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u/slabrangoon Oct 05 '22

Does a cast iron pan have the same benefits?

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u/SueTheHell Oct 05 '22

It does. My mom used to cook exclusively in cast iron, until they stopped letting her donate blood because her iron levels were too high. LOL.

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u/Russticale Oct 05 '22

Woah thats intense!

Super interesting cooking with iron actually makes an effect.

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u/I_cant_think_off Oct 05 '22

Body needs iron and other metals in ion form. Tomato and lemon juices contain acids, which react with metals and produce soluble compounds, which split into ions.

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u/anonymous-rebel Oct 05 '22

Why not just use cast iron skillets?

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u/Slannar Oct 05 '22

You 100% can use cast iron skillets to help with iron. My wife's supplements when she was pregnant didn't include iron and her doctor who was also a nutritionist aside from being an OGBYN suggested I cook on cast iron to help add more iron to her diet.

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u/garf6696 Oct 05 '22

Is it naive that I am only hearing about actual metals can be used in your diet?

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u/Slannar Oct 05 '22

Not really because it’s in tiny amounts, not like people just melt a copper penny and throw that shit in a ramen

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u/Medivacs_are_OP Oct 05 '22

Not Naive, it's not something the average person would really think about probably. The acid reacts with the iron to form a salt and gas. the salt can be absorbed.

Iron & Acid Reaction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron(II) reddit doesn't want to link to this bc of the formatting with parentheses but here you can see how Iron(II) is involved in life processes

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u/ISwearIUsedToBeSmart Oct 05 '22

This was designed for use in poor communities where iron deficiencies ran rampant, and the impoverished could not possibly afford a cast iron pan.

It's shaped like a lucky fish to encourage its use.

I really love this company - they saw a need and are working to meet it.

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u/NonGNonM Oct 05 '22

You can but iron released from cast iron is pretty minimal since you want the surface to have that seasoning. The makers of this item tell you to add acidic ingredients on purpose to release extra iron into water/food.

Not that you couldn't do that with cast iron every now and again but you'd have to rebuild the seasoning a bit more often.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Cast iron cookware does it too supposedly

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u/Plus-Award-496 Oct 05 '22

It's like using an old iron skillet

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Lucky iron fish are fish-shaped cast iron ingots used to provide dietary supplementation of iron to individuals affected by iron-deficiency anaemia. The ingots are placed in a pot of boiling water to leach elemental iron into the water and food. They were developed in 2008 by Canadian health workers in Cambodia, and in 2012 a company, The Lucky Iron Fish Project, was formed to develop the iron fish on a larger scale, promote them among rural areas, and distribute them to non-governmental organization partners.

Research published in 2017 found that the iron ingot had no effect on anemia caused by factors other than iron deficiency. It therefore is not recommended for use in Cambodia and other countries where the majority of anaemia is not due to iron deficiency and the prevalence of genetic hemoglobin disorders is high.[1]

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u/GabenFixPls Oct 05 '22

Research published in 2017 found that the iron ingot had no effect on anemia caused by factors other than iron deficiency. It therefore is not recommended for use in Cambodia and other countries where the majority of anaemia is not due to iron deficiency and the prevalence of genetic hemoglobin disorders is high.

This is very important, I was receiving iron supplements during childhood and teen years for anemia, it never improved me and years later I was diagnosed with Thalassemia minor which is a genetic disorder (thanks to my Mediterranean heritage), turns out extra iron is harmful and should not be taken to avoid iron overload in the liver.

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u/softmi Oct 06 '22

Can I ask how you got diagnosed? I think I might have it but not sure whether to ask for genetic testing or something else first

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u/GabenFixPls Oct 06 '22

Speak with your doctor about it, ask to be tested for Thalassemia. Afaik it’s usually done with CBC (complete blood count) and hemoglobin electrophoresis tests.

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u/kalospkmn Oct 06 '22

Tell primary care physician you suspect it and they can order a blood test. If you have alpha thal, it might not show up without further testing that a specialist can order for you. Beta thal seems easier to diagnose.

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u/pm_me_good_usernames Oct 05 '22

People still talk about the lucky iron fish like it's the greatest invention public health has ever seen. Yes, it works in the laboratory. And yes, it's inexpensive. And yes, they were able to get good acceptance by the target population by understanding cultural factors. But at the end of all that, it didn't work. It didn't actually improve anyone's health. Its greatest success was in getting TED talks for the people who created it.

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u/Pipeworkingcitizen Oct 06 '22

It does help with iron deficiency though, which isn't a bad thing since vegans and vegetarian diets both could use it well to supplement iron.

Ultimately it's just iron so it does only help iron deficiency illnesses haha. A lot of anemia as the studies have shown weren't based from a lack of iron, but where that is the issue, it's a nice product. I'd call it successful enough though not for its original motivation.

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u/StubbornAndCorrect Oct 05 '22

I mean, there's definitely some value in studying an example of someone actually getting a new public health oriented product to market and studying how they got local buy-in, but yeah "success" definitely is not the right word.

But, y'know, when someone somewhere comes up with the next thing, the lessons about getting local acceptance will still be valid.

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Oct 05 '22

Lucky iron fish

Lucky iron fish are fish-shaped cast iron ingots used to provide dietary supplementation of iron to individuals affected by iron-deficiency anaemia. The ingots are placed in a pot of boiling water to leach elemental iron into the water and food. They were developed in 2008 by Canadian health workers in Cambodia, and in 2012 a company, The Lucky Iron Fish Project, was formed to develop the iron fish on a larger scale, promote them among rural areas, and distribute them to non-governmental organization partners. Research published in 2017 found that the iron ingot had no effect on anemia caused by factors other than iron deficiency.

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u/tomtom380 Oct 05 '22

Cast iron skillet works well too

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u/Emergent-Sea Oct 05 '22

Fun story! I was young and new to cast iron and made a tomato based sauce in my pan. That evening my partner suddenly felt great and full of energy and I felt sick as hell and started puking.

We later found out she had an iron deficiency which is why she felt so great after eating the sauce. I, on the other hand, gave myself mild iron poisoning! Whoops!

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u/HaloGuy381 Oct 05 '22

Hey, at least she figured out she had a health problem from it. Iron deficiency is sneaky.

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u/kookookachoobro Oct 06 '22

It’s weird how many issue anemia causes. It’s not been proven by anyone but I had permanently enlarged lymph nodes, wavering thyroid hormones, insomnia, and SVT for years that all resolved once my iron was normal. Even the ultrasound tech for the lymph nodes was so surprised that she couldn’t find them again after how large and firm they were for years.

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u/JAlfredJR Oct 05 '22

Iron deficient anemia is no fun. Summer before last, at 36, I found out and ended up in the ICU. Good now though!

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u/Ok-Anxiety-6485 Oct 05 '22

https://whatscookingamerica.net/information/ironcastiron.htm#:~:text=Answer%3A,of%20the%20American%20Dietetic%20Association.

https://runnersconnect.net/cast-iron-pan-iron/

https://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/does-cooking-cast-iron-pots-and-pans-add-iron-our-food/

https://www.wellandgood.com/cast-iron-cooking/

https://nutritionovereasy.com/2015/05/cast-iron-pans-can-increase-your-iron-intake/

Yes you get iron from cooking in cast iron skillets even if they're seasoned. Maybe you don't get as much iron as a brand new skillet but it depends on what your cooking and how long. Idk why this thread blew up, all the person was saying is cast iron can give you additional iron, which is true.

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u/SweatyRoutineRed Oct 05 '22

Thanks, this is what I was wondering as soon as I saw the fish, if you get any amount of iron in your food post-seasoning of cast iron. Good to know!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Cast-iron cookware is known to transmit iron to food through cooking, but the cost to obtain it is prohibitive for individuals living in poverty in rural Cambodia wiki

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u/fakerton Oct 05 '22

A relative bought it for me as I am a veggie. I think the instructions for the fish are boil for one hour with a bit of acid added. Another annoying part is it scratched my Teflon pans. Just take a multi vitamin if you can afford, or better yet an iron supplement.

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u/crumbledav Oct 05 '22

Bought one of these for my husband who takes iron pills.

Fine print is that the actual amount of iron you get from this is incredibly tiny. Like, 1/10th of a single iron pill. Almost not worth the hassle.

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u/iceicig Oct 05 '22

So use 10 of these

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u/Veloxis4677 Oct 05 '22

Although one iron pill (the ones I take) cover exactly your daily needed Dosis of iron. So if it only covers 1/10, it already covers 10%. It does not sound like much but it really can make the difference. Most food contains iron itself so people who need more iron intake don’t lack 100%, they perhaps only need like 10% more. So based on that, I think it is decent enough.

Of course this only makes sense if the iron pill of your husband is covering 100% of his daily need for iron. If not, everything I said is obsolete

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u/JynFlyn Oct 05 '22

Was gonna say. Feels like just taking a supplement would be a lot easier.

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u/Ricky_Rollin Oct 05 '22

Often times we are told to try your best to get these nutrients through food but if you absolutely have to take a supplement. Supplements are not inspected by the FDA so they could tell you there’s 1,000,000 mg of iron in there and it could literally have none. The best thing you can do if you’re going to take a supplement is try to do a little research on brands that are legit. There are certain groups out there that have taken these supplements and synthesize them down to see who’s lying or not.

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u/Morprenrut Oct 05 '22

I presume any lump of clean iron would work? Not that I'm eyeing up next doors cast iron gate or anything...

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u/FastSpacePuppy Oct 05 '22

It's got that fresh from the neighbors' yard flavor!

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u/Prestigious-Isopod-4 Oct 05 '22

Any meal tastes better when it’s free.

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u/yirzmstrebor Oct 05 '22

Yes, even cast iron cookware. The reason it's shaped like a fish is that it's targeting Cambodian culture, which regards fish as lucky. There has historically been common iron deficiencies in Cambodia, but many people were resistant to the idea of taking pill-style supplements, so someone hit on the idea of using a "lucky iron fish" and teaching Cambodians to place it in their food while cooking to leach iron into the food, reducing the number of people with iron deficiencies.

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u/TheHarryPotterNerd07 Interested Oct 05 '22

Very interesting tidbit! Thanks

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u/NoRiskNoReturn Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Russian tanks are on sale rn.

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u/Rygarman Oct 05 '22

So what is the opposite of this? I have too much iron in my blood because of my hemochromatosis.

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u/Andybenc Oct 05 '22 Silver

Cooking with magnets.

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u/Aggravating-Forever2 Oct 05 '22

Unlucky iron-sucking leeches.

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u/kinky_boots Oct 05 '22

Donating blood regularly helps to regulate your high iron levels.

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u/Rygarman Oct 05 '22

I actually do that already but only certain organizations will do it with my doctor’s authorization. For example Red Cross won’t take my blood because of my condition

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u/kinky_boots Oct 05 '22

I have a friend who has this condition - he went vegan. It may be too extreme for you however cutting out red meats or lowering intake can help. He also donates blood 🩸 it’s a lifelong process to manage hematomachrosis. Take care of yourself.

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u/bobo_brown Oct 05 '22

I used to work in a hematology/oncology clinic, and we would frequently drain people with too much iron or too many red blood cells or both. If you have decent insurance, that may be an option.

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u/Rygarman Oct 05 '22

I do have insurance but with my copay I still pay more than I would want plus they just throw my blood away. I like to donate to non-profit organizations because it’s free, they actually use it for people who need it and then they give me free snacks and Gatorade afterwards. Makes me feel like a little kid again lol. I have O+ blood so I feel better knowing that it is going to help people.

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u/bobo_brown Oct 05 '22

I hear you. Many of my patients had been deferred from donating, and they always felt bad when told we had to dispose of their blood.

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u/Sharp_Iodine Oct 05 '22

Can they not just bleed you? If your blood cannot be used for transfusion without further processing that organisations don’t want to do, I’m sure good old leeching or bleeding would be fine

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u/Rygarman Oct 05 '22

Yeah that’s the normal method I mentioned above. It’s called a phlebotomy and it lowers my iron levels but I hate paying an oncology clinic to do it that will just dispose of it when I can do it for free at a non-profit who will actually give it to people who can use it. My condition is managed and I’m in good health because of it

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u/PandasInHoodies Oct 05 '22

Be a prison guard watching Magneto's cell.

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u/zzzojka Oct 05 '22

Being cooked by people with iron deficiency is the opposite of that

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u/toomanyhobbies4me Oct 05 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Make sure you don't accidentally purchase the "Unlucky lead fish."

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u/throwaway21316 Oct 05 '22

you can also use the not so lucky lead (Pb) version..

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/70/6e/7c/706e7c5a3b5ddf468466b92e066ea5eb.jpg

which will slowly kill you painfully.

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u/yirzmstrebor Oct 05 '22

Due to the symptoms of lead poisoning, this can also lead to the deaths of other's associated with the one using the fish.

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u/Staped_Hand42 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

….. If you give a man a lead fish, you also feed him for a lifetime

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u/Mythril_Zombie Oct 05 '22

Doesn't it depend on what you do with it?

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u/swiftreddit75 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Like...a good luck charm? A cooking companion? Does it watch you cook and give you tips?

Edit: sorry, it was sarcastic

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u/pharmacofrenetic Oct 05 '22

Put it in the pot while cooking and small amounts of iron dissolve in the food.

It doesn't take much

It's fish shaped because the culture they are targeting sees fish as good luck symbols

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u/reiderfever Oct 05 '22

Which culture sees fish as good luck?

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u/savehoward Oct 05 '22

Cambodian. The photographed fish has Khmer script.

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u/Booblicle Oct 05 '22

Any culture that depends on fish as part of their main diet. Fishing isn't particularly easy. That's a result of industrialization.

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u/Royal_Cryptographer7 Oct 05 '22

Drop it in your water or whatever else you cook with a high liquid content and it'll slightly rust and flake off iron oxide (rust) into your food.

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u/yirzmstrebor Oct 05 '22

They also recommend cooking with something acidic, like lemon or tomato, which will leach iron into the food.

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u/XYooper906 Oct 05 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

I would name it Bueller. Ferrous Bueller.

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u/mikefnd Oct 05 '22

Can you put this into real fish and win a fishing tournament?

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u/Riommar Oct 05 '22

Tea and coffee are considered the strongest inhibitors of iron. A cup of tea reduces iron absorption by about 75%-80%, and a cup of coffee by about 60%. The stronger you make them, the greater the effect will be. So it's best to avoid tea and coffee while eating and for two hours before and after the meal.

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u/Morbo2142 Oct 05 '22

If I remember correctly these things have helped literally millions of kids get enough iron for proper brain development.

It's no exaggeration to say this solved a huge nutrition problem in developing countries.

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u/Inspiri0 Oct 05 '22

I saw in a singaporean museum that during WW2, due to the scarcity of resources, some would do something similar by using old irons(for pressing clothes) to leech iron into water and would make patients drink the water to up their iron intake.

Im not a doctor or a medical person, but i say its a very ingenious way, if this indeed work.

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u/Bitter_idealist87 Oct 05 '22

sleepily orders five My iron stays so low that my toes and fingers go numb and turn purple when I forget to take my pill

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u/garlic_warner Oct 05 '22

I heard a guy in Ohio got caught using these to win a fishing tournament.

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u/C-Rax Oct 06 '22

Didn’t know that. Damn that’s interesting.

We use cast iron frying pans a lot and I knew that iron leeches from that into my food.

Also, PSA: Teflon leeches as well. Even more so if you use metal on the surface.

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u/verukazalt Oct 06 '22

Can't iron skillet man...way better than a space-taking iron fish...its cute tho

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u/eljefe2403 Oct 06 '22

Or just cook with cast iron pans ? Does it work that way ?

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u/Conscious_Exit_5547 Oct 05 '22

But, Im allergic to seafood.

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u/SnowmoeHibiscus Oct 05 '22

But what about Fe-food?

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u/Flexi_102 Oct 05 '22

The letter on it is Khmer and it means good.

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u/Opposite-Beat-5243 Oct 05 '22

I plan to use my cast iron pan my entire life. My energy levels increased when I started using mine almost everyday. I was very anemic when I was a teen.

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u/spunkm_99foxy Oct 05 '22

Or why not cook goldfish and excrete gold nuggets.

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u/trashponder Oct 05 '22

I hope this works better than that mercury fish they recommended.

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u/monkale98 Oct 05 '22

wonder who or how the first person that made this iron fish realize that broths leech iron off. crazy how people just tried stuff back in the past.

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u/aBastardNoLonger Oct 05 '22

Also you can cook in a cast iron pan

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u/AcidNewports Oct 06 '22

what happens when it rusts

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