FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.
Breakfast Cereals and Snacks Bar Fortified with Vitamins and Minerals May Pose Health Risk for Kids & Pregnant Mother’s
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), fortification is when a nutrient is added to a food that never contained that nutrient. Popular food product brands available in the world market claiming “healthy breakfast brand” namely breakfast cereals and snack bars pumped up with vitamins and minerals puts children and pregnant women at risk of a harmful effect on health. Younger ingest potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc, and niacin because of excessive food fortification, along with vitamin supplements. Over time, regularly getting too many vitamins and minerals from foods supplements can lead to liver damage, bone abnormalities, peeling skin, brittle nails, and hair loss, And too much iron, vitamin, minerals fortified food during pregnancy can result in abnormalities in the fetus. Eating foods in natural form which is naturally high in vitamins and minerals is considered safe & good option rather than eating fortified breakfast brands.