Why do healthy foods often lack more complete micro-nutrient information on their labels?
Why is it that I can pick up a box of super processed breakfast cereal and see a long list of micronutrients proudly displayed on the package, but a can of spinach(for example) generally just shows a couple?
I would think that the companies selling such foods would want to show more, considering that many people probably buy junk food with a bunch of artificially added micronutrients to help them rationalize that they are healthy or not too bad(I have been "guilty" of that in the past).
Is it because of some legal red tape, or is there just not enough demand, or what? I assume it is probably legally easier to get artificially added nutrients displayed, is that why? If we could only see the nutrition facts labels of various foods, we might think that Fruity Pebbles or Pop-Tarts were healthier than fruits or vegetables. It seems absurd considering that whatever we think about artificially added nutrients, it is basically just like eating a multivitamin with our food.