Food Fortification Provides a Balanced Diet The Easy Way--Expert

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Eating fortified food is an easier way to achieve a balanced meal if one can’t afford a variety of foods per meal, a nutrition expert has said.

Eating fortified food is an easier way to achieve a balanced meal if one can’t afford a variety of foods per meal, a nutrition expert has said. 
 
Food fortification is the process of adding vitamins and minerals, also known as micro-nutrients into food to enhance its nutritional quality.
 
According to Dr. Elizabeth Madraa, a Food and Nutrition expert from the Ministry of Health, fortified food provides nutrients in one type of food that would otherwise require eating several types of food to acquire.
 
Dr. Madraa heads a Food Fortification project at the health ministry, which has provided training to several food processors, for instance grain millers processing maize and wheat, to be able to produce fortified foods.
 
Maganjo Grain Millers is one of the processing plants that are now producing fortified maize flour.
 
Christopher Onoria, the Quality Control Manager, says that even in organic food, some food value is lost during processing, for instance when maize is hulled and the husks thrown away.
 
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The value is added to the maize flour by using a yellow powder containing the nutrients, which is mixed with the flour after it is milled. Onoria explains that it is then blended to come up with fortified maize flour.
 
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The fortifying mixer at Maganjo processes 250 kilograms every ten minutes. The process doesn’t alter the taste or the color of the flour.
 
Onoria adds that fortified food also doesn’t increase the price of the flour. A 2-kilogram pack of the fortified flour is sold at 4,500 Uganda Shillings, the same retail price as the non-fortified.

 

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