In seeking to improve the micronutrient contents of a food supplement used in a major community-based nutrition project in Bangladesh, operations research was conducted to compare the provision of needed micronutrients through additional food sources fresh or dried fruits or vegetables , a micronutrient multi-mix, and a combination of the two. Primary focus was placed on iron and vitamin A. Cost and bulk constraint analyses, based on cost of supplement, feasibility of delivery, and serving volume needed to achieve micronutrient targets, were used for comparing the supplement options. In terms of these analyses, the micronutrient multimix proved, by far, to be the most advantageous. Food options, however, are arguably desirable in that they provide dietary benefits additional to that of known micronutrients and may increase demand to boost production of domestic fruits and vegetables for the population as a whole.
Food Fortification in a Globalized World
Micronutrient Deficiency - Our World in Data
Food Fortification in a Globalized World outlines experiences over the past 50 years—and future potential—for the application of food fortification across a variety of foods in the industrialized and developing world. The book captures recent science and applications trends in fortification, including emerging areas such as biofortification, nutraceuticals and new nutrient intake recommendations, standards, policy and regulation. The book proposes a balanced and effective food fortification strategy for nations to adopt. In covering the most technical scientific details in an approachable style, this work is accessible to a range of practitioners in industry, government, NGOs, academia and research. Food fortification has become an increasingly significant strategy to address gaps in micronutrient intakes in populations with measurable impact in both industrialized and developing countries. While the positive impacts are well recognized there are new concerns in some countries that excessive fortification of foods, outdated nutritional labeling rules and misleading marketing tactics used by food manufacturers may result in young children consuming harmful amounts of some vitamins and minerals. Graduate level and above researchers in academia, industry, and government bodies studying nutritional epidemiology, public health, food security, food chemistry, food science and technology.
Introduction to Micronutrient Testing
Micronutrient deficiencies have been reported for years in emergency settings, especially in refugee camps where they were most frequently assessed. Anaemia, measured by blood haemoglobin concentration, and clinical vitamin A deficiency were the main deficiencies investigated. A recent review published by the Standing Committee on Nutrition SCN explores options available for investigating micronutrient deficiencies. It draws attention to best practices and includes references to practical tools and guidelines.