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Pregnant women not meeting nutrient recommendations from diet alone

Research continues to show that most adults have a difficult time meeting all nutritional requirements through diet alone. Perhaps the lifestage where nutrition can be the most critical is during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many women struggle just eating a normal or typical diet.

In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical nutrition, researchers analyzed nutritional inta ... kes during pregnancy. The study included 1,533 pregnant women who provided detailed information on their dietary and supplement practices during the second trimester of pregnancy.

More than 30% of the women had total fat intakes that exceeded recommendations, and 85% had sodium intakes above the Tolerable Upper Limit (UL). Average intakes of fiber and potassium were lower than the established recommendations. About 15% of the women had dietary intakes of vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium that were below the Estimated Average Requirement (which is lower than the RDA). The majority of women had dietary intakes below the EAR for iron (97%), vitamin D (96%), and folate (70%). high low asymmetrical wedding selections

When analyzing the micronutrient intakes from both diet and supplements the prevalence of inadequate intake was less than 10% for most nutrients, although vitamin D and iron intakes were still insufficient in 18% and 15% of women, respectively.

This study confirms the finding of many other studies showing that intake of some nutrients from food alone remains low in the diets of pregnant women. Regular intake of a complete and balanced supplement can reduce the risk of inadequate intake for several micronutrients, which is of increased significance during pregnancy.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/106/2/541.abstract

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