Vitamin Deficiency in America


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at least 40% of Americans routinely consume a diet that contains only 60% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of each of ten selected nutrients. This means that nearly half the population suffers from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient, which includes vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. A poll of 37,000 Americans conducted by Food Technology concluded that:

  • 50% were deficient in vitamin B6
  • 42% did not consume enough calcium
  • 39% had insufficient iron intake
  • 25 – 39% did not get enough vitamin C

In addition, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized not only as an American problem but as a global pandemic as well. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that overall vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. is 42%. The highest deficiency rates were seen in African Americans at 82% and Hispanics at 69%. Aging, medications and medical conditions, menstruation, poor or very strict diets, and heavy alcohol consumption can all contribute to nutrient deficiencies.

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