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Demi Mon, Mar-07-22 00:55

Study: Priority Micronutrient Density in Foods
Front. Nutr., 07 March 2022 |

Priority Micronutrient Density in Foods

Background: Despite concerted efforts to improve diet quality and reduce malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies remain widespread globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries and among population groups with increased needs, where diets are often inadequate in iron, zinc, folate, vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin B12. There is a need to understand the density of these micronutrients and their bioavailability across diverse foods and the suitability of these foods to help meet requirements for populations with high burdens of micronutrient malnutrition.

Objective: We aimed to identify the top food sources of these commonly lacking micronutrients, which are essential for optimal health, to support efforts to reduce micronutrient malnutrition among various populations globally.

Methods: We built an aggregated global food composition database and calculated recommended nutrient intakes for five population groups with varying requirements. An approach was developed to rate foods according to their density in each and all priority micronutrients for various population groups with different nutrient requirements.

Results: We find that the top sources of priority micronutrients are organs, small fish, dark green leafy vegetables, bivalves, crustaceans, goat, beef, eggs, milk, canned fish with bones, mutton, and lamb. Cheese, goat milk, and pork are also good sources, and to a lesser extent, yogurt, fresh fish, pulses, teff, and canned fish without bones.

Conclusion: The results provide insight into which foods to prioritize to fill common micronutrient gaps and reduce undernutrition.

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JEY100 Mon, Mar-07-22 05:17

The article looks like a summary of Marty Kendall's Optimising Nutrition work.

By using the Cronometer tracking app and his Nutrient Optimisation app, you can learn your intake of 34 nutrients that may impact your health. His conclusions have been developed from MFP users and the data from his own group, so not the low income countries in focus here.

To find out which micronutrients in general may be low in your diet, there are many articles on his blog about Nutrient Density:

And a class to determine what you specifically need using your own diet:

GRB5111 Fri, Mar-18-22 07:40

Refreshing to read a nutritional study where the findings do not recommend "whole grains" or "lentils" as solutions for correcting malnutrition. It is indeed rare.

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