The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has stated that the best nutritional strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of foods. Seventy diets were computer analyzed from the menu of athletes or sedentary subjects seeking to improve the quality of micronutrient intake from food choices. All of these dietary analyses fell short of the recommended 100% RDA micronutrient level from food alone.
Based on this study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition that analyzed the 70 athlete diets, every single diet was deficient in at least three nutrients. Some diets were missing up to
fifteen nutrients! Another study they performed showed that people following one of four popular diet plans (including Atkins, South Beach, and the DASH diet) were also very likely to be micronutrient deficient, particularly in six key micronutrients: Vitamin B7, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Chromium, Iodine, and
The United States Department of Agriculture says the majority of Americans are deficient in many of the same nutrients and are not meeting the required daily amount of things like vitamin E, folate, calcium and magnesium.
So how do you know if you're defiecient? First of all, if you're not eating A LOT of fruits and vegetables,
especially greens, then you are probably deficient in many of these areas. Do you currently have any health issues? The symptoms might also indicate you are dificient in some critical nutrients.
For a complete guide about vitamins and minerals, go to Supplements.