You may have heard of a food being fortified with something, but what does this mean? Fortified (or fortification) means that vitamins and minerals have been added to a food.
Grains may be fortified with iron and B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, and niacin. Iron is important for your child because it helps the body deliver oxygen to their muscles, which is important for active children. B vitamins help iron work properly in the body and contribute to overall health of eyes, hair, and nervous system. Consuming fortified grains can help meet nutrient needs to support adequate growth and development in your child.
Great kid friendly options for fortified grains include commercially made wheat and white bread, breakfast cereals like Cheerios, Quaker Life cereal, and oatmeal, boxed pasta noodles, and many more.
Written By Lauren Bartram, Logan Dietetic Intern