Some Fortified Cereals May Pose Health Risk to Kids
Some breakfast cereals that are overly fortified with nutrients like vitamin A, zinc, and niacin may actually pose health risks to children because the foods are fortified to provide an adult's recommended intake of those nutrients. These are the findings of a report by the Environmental Working Group, a health advocacy organization that says millions of American children are eating overly fortified cereals every day. Part of the problem, the group says, is that nutrition labels are not age-specific--and higher nutrient levels on cereal packages may actually sway parents' purchasing decisions because they think the products are healthier for their kids.
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