Fortification of beverages with vitamins and minerals: Beverages are a convenient and efficient delivery vehicle for many essential nutrients, those associated with specific bodily functions, as well as those that enhance overall well-being by enabling the body to function at its best. The most common approach to the latter is to do beverage fortification with ingredients classified as antioxidants or an added nutrient, such as vitamin B complex.
The nutritional fortification of beverages dates back to the early 1930s when dairy processors started vitamin D to fluid milk to prevent rickets. Beverage fortification done with micronutrients include dairy products, chocolate beverages, and fruit juices. Drinks fortified with vitamin C also contributes a lot to your immune system.
Antioxidants –Vitamin C and E, both well-known antioxidants, are frequently added to beverages during beverage fortification.
B complex – The nutritional fortification of beverages is incomplete without the B complex. These are essential nutrients for growth and development and have been associated with slowing the aging process.
The addition of micronutrients to liquid products may have several technological challenges and a good knowledge of the chemistry of the product is required to prevent ingredient interactions.