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What is zinc?

Zinc is an essential mineral. It is naturally present in many foods, including milk and meat products as well as grain-based products. It is a component of dietary supplements as well as cold lozenges and some over-the-counter cold remedies. Breakfast cereals are the number one source of added zinc in the diets of children. The Food and Drug Administration does not limit the amount of zinc added to fortified foods. This could cause health problems as excessive zinc inake may weaken immune function.

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