Researchers warning about kids getting too many nutrients from their breakfast cereal could be just saying "the sky is falling." A recent report indicates the levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin are for adults, not children. Dr. Al Johnson says even if the amount of nutrients is far above the daily suggested value, those guidelines are not even near toxic levels.
“Most of what is published is recommended daily allowances,” Johnson says, “and are nowhere near toxic levels.”
The daily values were established nearly 50 years ago. Too much zinc can affect your immune function and too much vitamin A can damage your liver. So, it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.
“If somebody's having unusual symptoms, it's good to see the doctor and get the doctor to assess it,” he says, “but it's highly unlikely that it's due to excessive levels of vitamins from the cereal.”