October 21, 2015

21/10/2015: Iron fortification works, but only if it's done right

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Flour fortification with iron works, but there are many factors to consider to ensure it’s a successful health intervention, The Guardian says.

Evidence-based nutrition interventions such as flour fortification can achieve tremendous impact. However, this impact isn’t automatic: new evidence is now showing that flour fortification programs not implemented properly will not achieve the public health impact desired. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to development professionals, but it is an important insight for designing and reviewing food fortification programs.

Food fortification – adding essential vitamins and minerals to staple foods and condiments like wheat flour or salt – is an effective intervention to fight micronutrient malnutrition. It has been hailed as one of the most cost-effective solutions to help improve nutrition by leading economists at the Copenhagen Consensus. It has the huge advantage of being able to deliver nutrients to large parts of populations, without requiring people to change their diets.

Read the full article HERE.
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