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Publication Date

November 1, 2011



NWA’s Position on Functional Ingredients

By National WIC Association

Today, a growing number of food products are offered with functional ingredients, e.g., long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA), prebiotics, and probiotics. These products are actively marketed to consumers as contributing health or developmental benefits, e.g., improved vision and brain development. The inclusion of these ingredients inevitably results in higher costs to the consumer.

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April 29, 2019

National WIC Association (2011). Available online: https://media.nwica.org/functionalingredientsa.pdf