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Closing the Nutrition Gap for America’s Kids

Why are so many children undernourished in one of the richest countries on Earth?

Low-cost, high-calorie foods help kids avoid hunger. But they skimp on necessary nutrients.

Try tapping the word “rickets” into a smartphone and you may find that the autocorrect tool has other ideas. If you haven’t come across the word lately, it might be because the United States began to fortify foods with vitamins and minerals long before smartphones were invented, all in an attempt to eradicate conditions like rickets. However, deficiencies in some micronutrients, like iron and vitamin D, have persisted, even among children. That means for a significant number of American kids, malnutrition is still a reality.

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