Fortification. Excessive nutrient risk calls for thoughtful approach

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 November

    Medium Digital

    Nutrition & health


    Scope & contentBy Sara Zimmerman, FFI

    From folate-enriched eggs to iron fortified chocolate, the list of foods with added nutrients seems to be growing faster than bread rises. Though a single serving of one fortified food rarely provides excessive nutrients, some people worry that consuming multiple fortified foods, in combination with other vitamin and mineral intake, might be too much of a good thing.

    This concern can be addressed by coordinating the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of simultaneous nutrition programmes, according to reports from a 2017 technical consultation convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Reports from the meeting were published in June 2019.

    “This is a call for country leaders to evaluate all the sources of nutrients and be thoughtful about what is being provided to consumers,” said Dr Helena Pachón, Senior Nutrition Scientist for the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) who attended the 2017 consultation… Read more.


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