Fortification of instant noodles and pasta:
Instant noodle fortification and pasta fortification with iron, folic acid, and other vitamins can help address micronutrient deficiency.
To ensure that the most susceptible groups of the population benefit from food fortification, the food vehicle must be consumed regularly and in regular amounts throughout the year by a large proportion of the population. Researchers are exploring the potential of noodle fortification and pasta fortification as an effective public health intervention and increase its nutritional benefits.
With the demand for instant noodles increasing, the nutritional fortification of instant noodles has a huge advantage in improving dietary micronutrient intake.
It should also be a food that is centrally manufactured by few plants so that micronutrients can be added under controlled conditions and monitoring can be done effectively. Both the choice of micronutrients and the amounts to add must be based on the consumption patterns of the food vehicle and micronutrient needs of the population, while remaining within the safe upper limits of micronutrient intake.