Why does fortified food so strongly correlate with poor health and obesity in developed countries? After our 6,000 word post hashing out the possibilities, we thought it was time to simplify the message. Quite simply it’s because fortification promotes an imbalance of micronutrients that would otherwise not happen when consuming a diet of whole foods. It is a government policy that does far more harm in developed nations than good.
We’ve managed to boil this concept down to a short Tweet-worthy 6-minute read (1,400 words) in a recent article Richard posted on Medium.com, Did Food Enrichment Cause The Obesity Epidemic? It’s an abridged version of our 6,000 word post on the subject, Iron, Food Enrichment and The Theory of Everything (with over 2,000 shares—keep it going) and follow-up post, How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability.
The Timing of Fortification Increases
When we were researching our Iron Theory article, we demonstrated the drastic rise in iron intakes with this chart: