Diet quality has declined in the last 20 years
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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