Diet qual­ity has de­clined in the last 20 years

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As­tudy from the Jour­nal of

Vi­ta­mins and Min­er­als has shown that our in­take of 10 key mi­cronu­tri­ents has fallen in the past two decades, so we’re not pro­vid­ing our bod­ies with ad­e­quate fuel to sup­port good health. Th­ese nu­tri­ents in­clude vi­ta­min A (which has re­duced by 21%), vi­ta­min D (22%) and ri­boflavin (11%).

Fur­ther­more, the re­search also showed that more than two thirds of us still don’t get our five a day, de­spite the cam­paign be­ing launched 16 years ago, and our oily fish and fi­bre con­sump­tion is still be­low par.

‘There’s a never-end­ing pa­rade of pop­u­lar di­ets that peo­ple try – ei­ther to bet­ter their lifestyle or to lose weight,’ says Dr Emma Der­byshire. ‘How­ever, the prob­lem with many of th­ese is that they in­volve re­moval of whole food groups from the diet. In fact, re­search** found that one in six adults were re­strict­ing en­tire food groups,’ she adds.

Along­side a bal­anced diet, Dr Gill Jenk­ins rec­om­mends sup­port­ing our di­ets with sup­ple­ments to en­sure our nu­tri­ent in­take. ‘Adults and chil­dren should bridge di­etary gaps by top­ping up with a daily mul­ti­vi­ta­min, mul­ti­min­eral and omega-3 sup­ple­ment,’ she ex­plains.

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