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While Obesity Runs Rampant Americans Miss The Right Nutrients

You may recall all the hubbub surrounding the Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee meeting last month to formulate new guidelines for Americans, which will be formally adopted in 2005. Many of you were part of the "scads of disciples" who responded to the committee on my behalf and in support of my proven nutritional blueprint for optimal health. (If you missed it then, my sincere thanks and please keep up the good work!)

Well, the committee might actually be "getting it." Well, maybe a little bit...

One of the conclusions the committee made was that much of the population -- which is overweight and overfed -- often falls short in consuming essential nutrients. In short, Americans are eating too many wrong things. No surprise at all to me but not to the committee's chairperson, a senior scientist at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California. "It's appalling that here in this land of plenty, with access to a wide variety of foods, that we still have a significant proportion of the population selecting foods that lead to inadequate intakes of critical nutrients."

What did surprise me a bit was that the committee conceeded that "nutrients should come primarily from foods" rather than from supplements, noting that "the more scientists learn about nutrition and the human body, the more they realize the importance of eating whole foods." What a good step in the right direction!

Among the findings:

  • Eighty percent of children, 86 percent of men and 93 percent of women don't get enough vitamin E.
  • About two-thirds of adults fall short on magnesium.
  • Slightly more than half of adults underconsume vitamin A, which helps keep immune function intact and is important for vision.
  • About half of adults don't get enough vitamin C, which also helps bolster the immune system.
  • Both men and women generally don't eat enough fiber.

Washington Post September 21, 2004

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