Fortified Toddlers

Children have different nutritional needs from adults. Should kids eat vitamin-charged snacks?

Talk about malnourished children, and most Americans think of skeletal waifs in Africa. But starvation isn't the only form of malnutrition. Too much of the wrong kinds of food--crackers, candy and soda, for example--can impair a child's development as well. In fact, children's diets in the U.S. have got so far out of whack that half of American kids now consume less than the recommended daily allowance for iron, calcium or zinc--three key minerals vital to the growth of small bodies.

The potential consequences are so alarming that a few nutritionists have started encouraging parents to give their toddlers multivitamins formulated...

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