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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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