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SMC briefing: folic acid in foods

Peter Griffin posted in on May 29th, 2012.

Adding folic acid to foods is back on the table — here’s a chance to get your head around it. In 2009, the New Zealand government deferred a decision on whether to require fortification of bread with folic acid — to help raise levels of the nutrient folate in women of child-bearing age — citing […]

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Why are we fortifying our bread with iodine?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2009.

Iodine is one of the essential nutrients which our bodies need in order to function properly.  It’s most well-known for being an important constituent of our thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and, in children, normal growth and development. It’s also very important for brain development in unborn, and young, children.  Indeed, researchers from Otago have […]

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