Combating The Obesity Epidemic: Vitamin-Enrichment
Now, I'm no nutrition expert, but you don't have to be a doctor to know that more vitamins in your diet leads to better overall health. With obesity, we're quick to assume that it's simply a matter of people carelessly eating too much of the wrong foods, and not enough of the good foods.
But the experts will tell you that even if you do eat an optimally balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, meat, and grains, while you'll certainly be healthier, you're still not getting all of the vitamins and minerals that your body could utilize. Thus, nutritional supplements are recommended across the board. One could assert that the correlation of obesity to poverty is based on the affordability of supplements.
There have already been key vitamins identified that help improve the body's ability to process fat.http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/06/14/Higher-dose-of-milk-vitamin-fights-obesity/UPI-30311339727257/http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Vitamin-E-a-potential-weapon-against-obesity-related-disease-Study
This is where vitamin-enrichment of food comes into play. In America, a couple of staples come to mind: milk and cereal. With the former, you would be hard-pressed to find a store still selling milk not fortified with Vitamins A and D; for the latter, it was the very addition of a full battery of vitamins a few decades back that made breakfast cereals explode in popularity and selection.
That's all well and good, but are we going far enough? Companies try new marketing gimmicks targeting the health-conscious consumer all the time (remember Diet Coke+?). Trouble is, these attempts are but drops in the ocean of our multifaceted national obesity problem.
My point is that we should seriously evaluate the cost-to-benefit ratio of expanding vitamin enrichment, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act. There are certainly more staple foods, stuff that just about everybody adds to their shopping cart, that could be enriched. I'm not for more regulation, but there is something called corporate responsibility. Many millions of dolPost too long. Click here to view the full text.