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Fortification Fortified breakfast cereals are an important source of vitamins and minerals in the Irish diet.Fortification of breakfast cereals is based on the recommendation by nutritionists that breakfast cereals should provide 20-25% of daily nutritional requirements. It is important in child nutrition and development, as those eating breakfast cereals are more likely to meet their daily requirements of essential vitamins and minerals.
In the North/South Ireland Food consumption 2005 survey the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA) point to Breakfast Cereals as being an important source of vitamins. Among the vitamins and minerals provided by breakfast cereals are Iron, fibre, folic acid, vitamin D, riobflavin.
The contribution made by cereals can be summarised as follows:
[Safefood Summary Report, North/South Ireland food Consumption Survey (IUNA) 2005]
- Fortified breakfast cereals are an important source of iron in the Irish diet, providing 18% of mean total iron intake
- Fortified breakfast cereals are an excellent source of folic acid, on average contributing 18% of the daily intake
- Fortified breakfast cereals are an important source of vitamin B12 for vegans and vegetarians
- Fortified breakfast cereals contribute significant amounts of riboflavin and niacin on average providing 17% and 15% of daily intake respectively.
- Fortified breakfast cereals contribute significant amounts of fibre on average providing 7% of daily intake
- 4% of the average daily energy requirements is obtained from fortified breakfast cereals
- Fortified breakfast cereals contribute 7% of the average daily vitamin D intake.
- Fortified breakfast cereals provide 11% of dietary folic intake in women.
For further information contact:
Irish Breakfast Cereals Association
Tel: +353 1 6051688
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IBCA is a part of Ibec clg
which is registered in Ireland.
Registration No. 8706.
Registered address: 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Phone +353 (0)1 605 1500 Fax +353 (0)1 638 1500 Email email@example.com