How common is excessive nutrient intake from fortified foods in preteens?

Overconsumption of nutrients from fortified food products is less of a concern for older children than young children because their greater body weight raises both their nutritional needs and tolerable upper intake levels. However, even children ages 9 to 13 who take daily multivitamins and consume fortified foods may ingest too much zinc and vitamin A. About 32% of 9-year-olds to 13-year-olds that take supplements exceed the upper limit for zinc, and 21% exceed the limit for vitamin A. Niacin intake from all sources exceeds the upper limit in 11% of children ages 9 to 13. 

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Healthy Eating For Children & Teens

Healthy Eating For Children & Teens

Nutrition is important for healthy child development. Encourage healthy eating by teaching your child or teen correct portion sizes, healthy snacks and the importance of the five food groups. Avoid giving your child food that is h...

igh in calories, saturated fats and added salt and sugar. Find out if your child needs vitamins or supplements. While some weight fluctuation is normal, it could point to an eating disorder ir your child becomes overweight or underweight. Involve your child in preparing healthy recipes for the whole family. Learn more about healthy eating and healthy living for your child with expert advice from Sharecare.
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