With 2010 under way, Nicholas Kristof is filling us in on “the world’s most scrumptious, healthful, gratifying food” – micronutrients such as folic acid and iodine. They’re a lot cheaper than the ingredients that comprise our daily diets—a year’s supply of micronutrients costs less than the cheapest hamburger—and yet their absence from the diets of people in Honduras and in the greater developing world is causing newborns to suffer terrible birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
I’ve written about the connection between malnutrition and maternal health before (something I learned from Kristoff back in September), but I was dismayed to learn that the deprivation of something as cheap and accessible as micronutrients is resulting in so many problems. These are problems that need to be on our radar. Check out Kristoff’s recent New York Times Op-Ed to learn more.