Fortified Vs. Enriched: Know Your Food

Fortified and enriched foods: what you should know!

Fortified foods have nutrients added to boost intake of certain vitamins and minerals. While soy naturally contains some calcium, more of the nutrient is added to soy-milk to make it nutritionally similar to cow’s milk. Iodine is found in seafood and plants, but its content is variable so most table salt is fortified to prevent deficiency. Vitamin D isn’t found naturally in many foods, so it’s often added to dairy products to boost intake. Today, even foods like orange juice and cereals have vitamin D for extra health benefitsFolic acid is often added to starches, like pasta and cereal, to help prevent birth defects. Refined grains, like white flour, are often enriched with B vitamins, which are lost during processing.

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Emily Gelsomin

Emily is a registered dietitian with experience providing medical nutrition therapy as a senior clinical nutritionist on an outpatient basis. She also teaches wellness to hospital employees and has knowledge of foodservice management and recipe writing. She has a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy, helping to blend her view of the science and art of eating into a holistic vantage.