Is It Nec­es­sary?

Consumer Voice - - Food Fortification -

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

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