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Strong Case for Fortification


We are a wealthy nation. Abundance is everywhere and food is now so plentiful, food prices have dropped to a 60-year low as a percentage of income spent. And while obesity levels in the United States have started to level out, excessive calorie intake is still an epidemic, with some two-thirds of the population overweight or obese.

Yet with all this food richness, too many Americans are nutritionally poor. Last fall, Medical Economics presented data in “The American Nutrient Gap: And How Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Can Help Fill It,” showing that “the diets of more than 90 percent of Americans fall short in providing the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) or Adequate Intake (AI) for one or more vitamins and minerals.”

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