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Enriched

Enriched
Enriched

During the milling process of grains, many essential nutrients originally present in the grain are lost. Due to this, refined wheat flour will often have these nutrients added back in the form of enrichment. These nutrients include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), folic acid (vitamin B9), and the mineral iron. Since flours have been enriched with these essential vitamins and minerals, diseases such as beriberi and pellagra have been almost entirely eradicated.

Folic acid (vitamin B9) plays an important role in fetal development. Since its addition to flour enrichment in 1998, neural tube defects such as spina bifida, have decreased more than 33% in the United States. Evidence suggests that if all women of childbearing age and expectant mothers in their first trimester consumed the recommended amount of folic acid (400 micrograms per day), 70 percent of neural tube defects in newborn children could be prevented.

There are several other benefits contributed by the enrichment of grains and grain products. These include the promotion of red blood cell production and the decreased risk for heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, and depression. Given all of the benefits to one’s health and well-being, consuming enriched grains, breads, and baked goods has become an important part of a well-rounded diet!

For more information visit the Grain Foods Foundation website.

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