Majority of Americans and Europeans Do Not Get Enough Vitamins Via Their Diet
According to a recent study, approximately 75% of the populations of the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany do not get the recommended dietary intake levels of vitamins through their diet.
The researchers examined data from national dietary intake surveys of the 4 countries. They found that the populations of all 4 showed significant vitamin inadequacies, most notably in vitamin D and niacin, a form of vitamin B. The Netherlands had the least deficient diet of all of the countries studied.
The variation between the countries is probably due to differences in recommendations, levels of fortification and local dietary habits.
The study was conducted by researchers at DSM Nutritional Products in Switzerland and was published online ahead of print on June 13, 2012, in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Vitamin deficiency may increase your risk for health problems including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and poor bone health.
The best way to get all the daily vitamins you need is to eat a balanced diet that contains a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, fortified dairy foods, legumes (dried beans), lentils, and whole grains. Vitamin supplements are another way to get the vitamins you need if your diet is not supplying sufficient quantities.