Many conventional processed foods are fortified. Gluten-free processed foods are not. Does it matter?
After I switched my family to a gluten-free diet, I noticed that the processed foods we had given up were fortified and enriched, while our gluten-free equivalents were not. Despite their healthier diets, my children were not getting these micro-doses of extra vitamins and minerals throughout the day that kids on typical diets get. Given my childrens problems with malabsorption, they were missing out on nutrients they very much needed. Fortified and enriched products help those eating processed foods get important vitamins and minerals. For people on gluten-free or dairy-free diets, the lack of fortification or enrichment in equivalent products can be an issue.