Food first: guide to fortifying food
What is food fortification?
Adding household ingredients to normal food to increase its nutritional content without increasing the amount of food which needs to be eaten.
What is the aim of food fortification?
Together with 2 – 3 small, between meal snacks and milky drinks, to increase nutritional intake by 500 calories per day.
How to fortify foods – Top tips
- You do not have to fortify every food that you eat Identify which foods/drinks you eat best and fortify these
- Use the most nutritious ingredients to fortify food, not just cream or butter (these provide only calories with no protein and very few vitamins/minerals
- Use enough of the fortifier to make a difference – e.g. 1 tablespoon of skimmed milk powder added to one portion of mashed potato.