Why the Government Adds Nutrients to So Many Common Foods

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Added nutrient 1: iodine

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Where it's added: table salt

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Added nutrient 2: folic acid

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Where it's added: grain products

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Added nutrient 3: niacin

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Where it’s added: bread

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Added nutrient 4: vitamin D

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Where it’s added: milk

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Added nutrient 5: vitamin A

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Where it’s added: skim/reduced fat milk

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Added nutrient 6: iron

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Where it’s added: cereal

Patrick Chatfield

Patrick Chatfield


Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases. He also assists with social media, medical review, and site updates. He’s interested in all things related to science, technology, history, and public health.