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Food fortification: A strategy to combat with malnutrition

By: Abdul Majid, Farah Naz, Abdul Rahman Phul, Aamir Hassan Khaskheli, Sanaullah Abbasi, Muzafar Husain Sirohi, Israr Ahmed, Safdar Hussain Ujjan, Sham Lal, Imdad Ali Jokhio, Waqar Ahmed

Key Words: Food fortification, Vitamin, Micronutrients deficiencies, Nutrient intake

J. Bio. Env. Sci. 15(3), 59-66, September 2019.

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Abstract

Insufficient nutrients from agriculture output in some way create malnutrition. A better knowledge of requirement of sustainable and healthier diet from agriculture to food processing is critical. This study investigated the influence of food fortification in dealing with malnutrition related disorders. Various factors influencing the effectiveness of the strategy; include bioavailability of the nutrient, product acceptance, accessibility and edibility. In developing fortified food, these factors need to be considered for the selection of the fortifiers and the vehicle food. Mass fortification can only be effective in commonly consumed food items. Specific product level fortification found to be effective only dealing with the target population with similar food habits. Corrective actions needed to be taken for reducing or controlling the health problems in developing and developed countries. Though, the problem is more intense in developing countries, developed countries are also affected by nutritional issues. Food fortification have greater applicability for dealing with malnutrition related chronic issues that are less severe and do not require instant action, however in acute deficiency medical or supplements are required. The bioavailability of nutrients can be controlled with increased half-life in fortified foods in comparison to other strategies like direct supplementation, clinical interventions.

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Food fortification: A strategy to combat with malnutrition

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Abdul Majid, Farah Naz, Abdul Rahman Phul, Aamir Hassan Khaskheli, Sanaullah Abbasi, Muzafar Husain Sirohi, Israr Ahmed, Safdar Hussain Ujjan, Sham Lal, Imdad Ali Jokhio, Waqar Ahmed.
Food fortification: A strategy to combat with malnutrition.
J. Bio. Env. Sci. 15(3), 59-66, September 2019.
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