What They Do: Replace vitamins and minerals lost in processing (enrichment), add nutrients that may be lacking in the diet (fortification).
These are all laboratory manufactured vitamins, with many of them being sourced from rocks rather than from living material. Evidence is now quite clear that the human body has a much harder time digesting these artificial nutrients.
Enriched foods have had to put these nutrients back into the product because the process of manufacturing has stripped the original nutrition out of it.
Fortified foods have added nutrients added.
None of these would be considered real. It should also be a big warning sign that if a process strips out the nutrients, that it is so far removed from what humans should be eating to nourish the body. Only the absolute most critical nutrients are returned to the product. The many other things stripped out are not returned to these products.
Many companies market their products as healthy simply because they have these low quality nutrients in them, when in reality they are often junk food masquerading as health food, with very little or no good substances in them beyond these few nutrients.
There is no place for the home cook for these products. The home cook can prepare fresh food, and can maintain very high nutrition with the right cooking and preparation methods, and using a wide variety of ingredients, including those known to be very high in vital nutrients.
Click underlined ingredients to learn more, and find out more about what each item does in specific types of foods.
Found used in these foods to add nutrients:
- Energy bars
- Fruit beverages
- Instant breakfast drinks
Examples of nutrients added to foods:
- Alpha tocopherols
- Ascorbic acid
- Beta carotene
- Folic acid
- Iron (mineral nutrient)
- L-leucine (amino acid)
- L-lysine (amino acid)
- L-methionine (amino acid)
- L-tryptophan (amino acid)
- Potassium iodide
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- Thiamin mononitrate
- Vitamin A (palmitate)
- Vitamin B (folic acid)
- Vitamin B (niacinamide)
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate)
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- Zinc (mineral nutrient)
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Vitamins, Minerals & Other Nutrients
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