Does your child eat a bowl of cereal or a cereal bar everyday? If so, according to a new study, they could be getting too much of some vitamins.
The nutrition facts on the side of a cereal box are for adults. Cereal is just one of the foods fortified with vitamins and minerals. According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, some of them may be packing too much Vitamin A, Niacin and Zinc in a serving for kids. Essentially this is a case of "too much of a good thing."
Other studies have claimed too much Vitamin A can cause liver damage, brittle nails and hair loss. Zinc excess is related to anemia and lowered immunity and too much Niacin can cause skin reactions and nausea. Doctors said no kids are actually suffering from too much of this, so even if your child is having two bowls of cereal a day, just make sure they have a well balanced diet.
"I think a multi-vitamin is fine, because most of those, if you're reading, are directed towards kids and have the right amount of vitamins in them but I think it's just important to eat a well balanced diet. Get your fruits and vegetables and meats from the actual foods and not just fortified in other foods," said Dr. Mary-Anne Kroll, UHC Pediatric Associates.
EWG authors just want to see label changes reflecting the required daily values for children. In the meantime, a good cheat sheet - your child needs 20-25% the amount of Vitamin A, Zinc and Niacin as you daily.