Many Americans don’t get enough of the vitamins and minerals they should, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is now concerned that children and other vulnerable populations are exposed to excessive and unhealthy amounts in the foods they eat. The EWG report out Tuesday highlighted the levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin in breakfast cereals and snack bars. Of the thousands of products analyzed, 114 cereals were fortified with 30 percent or more of the adult Daily Value for at least one of the nutrients. And 27 of the snack bars had 50 percent or more. The list of
Continue Reading How Much is Too Much? Report on Fortified Foods Tries to Answer That Question

Judging by the news stories that have cropped up in the past 24 hours, Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice is having some problems with niacin, the organic compound also known as vitamin B3. The problems came to a head on Monday, when Mars Foodservices announced it was recalling a number of products after its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sickened 34 students and four teachers at three public schools in Katy, TX. Those victims came down with burning rashes, headaches and nausea for 30 to 90 minutes before the symptoms subsided. At this point, investigators are suspecting the students and teachers fell
Continue Reading Rice Recall Highlights Illness from Overexposure to Niacin, or Vitamin B3