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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 […]

Folic acid sparks debate among scientists

Peter Griffin posted in on May 18th, 2009.

Concerns have been expressed about the possible negative effects of folic acid fortification, especially for those who are deficient in vitamin B12. An article in the Herald on Sunday yesterday highlights concerns about this standard. Here in New Zealand, the standard was passed recently requiring all bread manufacturers to fortify bread with folic acid by […]

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