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What is the difference between “enriched” and “fortified”?

Randy Mayor

When a food is enriched, it means more of an existing has been added; when it is fortified, a nutrient was added that did not previously exist in the product.

If milk, which already contains calcium, had calcium added, it would be enriched; but if calcium were added to orange juice, we would say the orange juice is fortified with calcium.

 

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