Is It Necessary?
Shortfalls in nutrient intakes could result from changing lifestyles. Even those in affluent communities may not achieve recommended micronutrient intakes without fortification of the food supply. Consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products may be lower than recommended. This makes some micronutrients – potassium, dietary fibre, calcium, and vitamin D – low enough to be a public health issue. Other vitamins of concern include iron, folate and vitamin B12.
As per World Health Organization (WHO), about two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiencies because they are not getting essential daily dietary requirements. Many diets, especially those of the poor, contain insufficient amounts of these essential vitamins and