50% of Australians Fail to Meet Their Daily Nutritional Requirements
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) now recommend that adults eat 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day.
Are you getting your 5 and 2 each day?
If your answer is no, then you are not alone.
Results from Australia’s largest nutrition survey of over 13,000 Australians found many people are falling short of their daily requirements of fruits, vegetables and essential nutrients.
- around half of the Australian population aren’t consuming the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables,
- And over 25% of males and 50% of females did not meet their daily requirements for calcium.
- Findings also suggested that many people are missing out on vital minerals including magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Why are so many people from a nation of prosperity lacking so many critical nutrients? It appears that being spoilt for choice is a big factor.
Most Australians and New Zealanders have access to healthy food and the means to buy it. However when faced with such an abundance of food at the supermarket, many people are filling their trolleys with pre-packaged and processed foods.
Most “processed foods” can hardly be called food. They are actually “manufactured edible products”. Many of which contain little if any, of fresh fruits and vegetables and have had the nutritional value of the food destroyed in the manufacturing process.
A low intake of plant-based foods is, in part, contributing to the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies in Australia. This naturally affects the health and wellbeing of these people and is the basis for the development of many chronic diseases.
In addition to a low fruit and vegetable intake, the way in which foods are grown and processed, may also be contributing to the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies. For example, the soil in which many fruits and vegetables are grown is often deficient in minerals. This is compounded by modern food processing and cooking techniques, which can leach valuable nutrients from food before it hits the dinner plate.
People are therefore not only eating a lower quantity of plant-based food, but the fruits and vegetables they are eating may also be of a poorer quality.
So how can we bridge this Nutritional Gap?
Naturally making some dietary and lifestyle changes are the first place to start. Including more fresh food into your diet is the best place to start. Go for organic is possible and also for in season and locally grown. Do most of your food shopping staying on the perimeter of your supermarket. This is where the less processed products, meat, fish dairy, and fruits and vegetables can be found.
Nutritional and Herbal supplements may bridge the gap between the current intakes of vitamins and minerals and the optimal nutritional levels required daily.
Men and women have different nutritional requirements and as such, multivitamin formulas should be tailored to suit each gender’s specific requirements.
As there are so many variations of supplements on the market now it is best to have a qualified health practitioner recommend high quality multivitamin formulas that are specific to your individual needs.
So start improve your nutrient intake by to making a few simple changes to your food shopping habits and your body will most certainly thank you.
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