Transcript for Could Fortified Cereals Harm Children?
travel. A new medical report with a warning for parents. That fortified cereal we give our kids to get them vitamins may be doing more harm than good. Dr. Richard Besser is here. The study says maybe it gives children too much of three, key nutrients. They were looking at vitamin a, zinc and niacin. They saying that the cereals are fortified at a level for adults not for kids. And these are real drugs. What does the report recommend? They're saying high levels of vitamin a can cause problems with things like hair loss, bone problems, liver problems. They want the fda to recalculate all of the levels to be based on what's recommended for kids. If it says greater than 25%, they shouldn't go there. Fda says they're looking at the labels. What should parents do right now? I think it's important for a couple things. One is, we do need vitamins and minerals. You're going to get a lot of these from your food. But one of the important things is, if it says fortified with vitamins and minerals, it doesn't mean it's better for you. A lot of them are sweetened breakfast cereals. And those aren't good because of all of the sugar in there. You have to eat a ton of the cereal to O.D. On vid mtamins. I've never seen or heard of a problem with a child having too much of the vitamins. It's a theoretical risk. It's good they're going to change the labels. But I don't think parents need to worry this morning while their kids are eating breakfast.
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