How important is it to consume fortified food products?

Nutrient content claims on fortified food are used as marketing tools. High fortification levels in a product can induce consumers to buy certain foods because they seem “healthier” even though they might not be. Many Americans do not eat enough vitamin-rich vegetables, fruits and other fresh products and consequently get too little of some vitamins and minerals -- but ingesting excessive amounts is also unhealthy.

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