What is food fortification?
In an ideal world we would all have access to a wide variety of nutrient rich foods which provide all the vitamins and minerals we need. Unfortunately many people, especially in poorer countries, this is often not feasible or affordable. Today 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. Pregnant women, babies and young children are particularly vulnerable.
Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world. It is a sad fact that 45% of all child deaths have malnutrition as the underlying cause.
Food fortification, which is the addition of essential nutrients to staple foods and condiments such as flour, oil and salt, helps people to avoid deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. We can make a big impact on disease through food fortification.
Christmas is just around the corner, nudging us ever nearer to the time-honoured tradition of the Christmas Dinner, celebrated by families all around the world. However what makes up a yuletide feast changes significantly from country to country depending on the availability of fresh produce and age-old traditions: Christmas in the UK is based around turkey and all the trimmings, while Christmas in Indonesia is celebrated with sticky, sweet rice cakes.
Here are how six different countries celebrate the festive season through food.
Each year on 16 October, World Food Day shines a spotlight on the global struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. With half the people on the planet today facing some form of malnourishment – whether that be hunger, vitamin and mineral deficiencies or overweight and obesity – we know that there is still a lot to be done. Here are six things we can all celebrate on World Food Day.
Vitamins and minerals are crucial to keeping you healthy and productive. Yet, two billion people do not get the nutrients that they need to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family.
Here are five ways that vitamins and minerals keep our bodies and minds healthy.
When we talk about the most important global issues we often ignore malnutrition, which occurs when you don’t get the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep you healthy. Here are 8 myth-busting facts about malnutrition to raise awareness and help end its devastating impact across the world.