Recent research found nutrient deficiencies in the American adult population, and that adequate nutrition requires other alternatives in addition to eating healthy. A 2015 scientific report issued by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee found that approximately half of the U.S. adult population does not get enough vitamin A,C,D,E and magnesium, and the higher the body mass index, the more nutrients the body needs. In addition, the study identified 10 “shortfall” nutrients, or nutrients that are under-consumed.
During National Nutrition Month (March) The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) advises consumers to pay a visit to their health care practitioner to discuss their diets and find a healthy balance of the best foods and dietary supplements.
“Let’s make March the start of a healthy dialogue. Maintaining proper nutrition is not easy to navigate regardless of the vast amount of information online, mobile apps and trackers that help consumers take health into their own hands,” said Duffy MacKay, ND, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “Doctors, naturopaths, nurse practitioners and registered dietitians—these are all partners in good health who understand how nutrition needs vary depending on a person’s age, gender, and many other factors.”
To get the ball rolling, his first piece of advice is for individuals to create a food diary to bring with them to every health care practitioner appointment.
For more information, visit www.crnusa.org.