June 29, 2014

Overdosing on "nutrients”

1 Some Fortified Cereals Hazardous to Kids

According to a report from the Environmental Working Group, some "nutrition-packed" breakfast cereals may be delivering added vitamin A, niacin, and zinc in amounts that are "potentially unhealthy" for children. The hazard lies in the fact that the cereals in question add these nutrients in amounts recommended by the FDA for adults. The report found 23 cereals that contained one or more of the three nutrients in "much greater" amounts than considered safe for children below age nine, and 114 that deliver 30 percent or more of an adult's entire daily requirement. The report also estimated that 10 million US kids get too much vitamin A and 13 million too much zinc, excesses which, over time, can lead to liver damage, impaired immune function, and abnormal bone structure.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Breakfast Cereals, Child Nutrition, Healthy Breakfast Cereals, Cereals Healthy for Children, Healthy Breakfasts

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