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Breakfast Food with Excess Nutrients

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Can you get too much of a good thing? When it comes to vitamin A, zinc and niacin, yes you can. In a study released today by EWG, it was found that flawed government policies and the food industry are to blame for children receiving excessive amounts of nutrients.

EWG reports:

Fortified breakfast cereals are the number one source of excessive intake because all three nutrients are added to fortified foods in amounts calculated for adults, not children. The FDA’s current Daily Values for these three nutrients are actually higher than the “Tolerable Upper Intake Level” calculated by the Institute of Medicine for children 8 and younger. Pregnant women and older adults may also be at risk of consuming too much vitamin A from other fortified foods, such as snack bars.”

Read the entire report here.

Table Scraps:

The Poughkeepsie Journal weighs the benefits and risks of GMOs.

The Washington Post addresses what is at stake if bees were to disappear.

Tweet of the Day:

@Food_Tank Digging for Solutions in the Ground Beneath Our Feet http://bit.ly/1sBKXxc  @FAONews @SavoryInstitute @RodaleInstitute @SoilAssociation

Herd on the Hill:

President Barack Obama ignores Chipotle cardinal rule and leans over sneeze guard.

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