What’s being added to your food, and why should you care?

Have you ever gotten a food product that says it is “enriched” or “fortified”?  What does that really mean?

 

Enriched Foods. Sounds like that is a good thing, right?  Often foods are enriched because original nutrients  were removed (usually by processing) – so food manufacturers put back the nutrients.  Let’s call this “replacement”. According to the FDA, foods can claim to be enriched if the contain at least 10% more of the daily value of that nutrient that foods that are not enriched.

Enriched

What are some examples of enriched foods:

Bread

Cereal

Pasta

 

 

 

 

 

Fortified Foods. This is when nutrients are just added.

Examples of fortified foods:Fortified

Milk – fortified with Vit D, Calcium

Orange Juice – fortified with calcium

Salt – Iodine was/is added to salt to help prevent goiter.

 

 

 

 

Even junk food can claim enriched or fortified – but it is still JUNK FOOD.

 

 

References:

What is enriched and fortified foods: https://www.verywell.com/what-is-enriched-food-3496104?utm_source=emailshare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons

 

Reading Food Labels: https://www.verywell.com/read-nutrition-labels-for-weight-loss-4065403

 

FDA Food Label Guidelines: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm

 

Food Education and even a free app to track healthier foods  https://www.fooducate.com

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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