Of the 11 vitamins examined by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), 7 are named as shortfall nutrients - vitamins A, C, D, E, K, choline, and folic acid for women of child-bearing age. Imagine, of the vitamins, two-thirds are under-consumed. The 2015 DGAC set precedent by identifying vitamin E as a shortfall nutrient. Even though >90% of adults in the US do not consume the estimated average requirement (EAR) for vitamin E (12 mg daily), previous DGACs have overlooked vitamin E. For a better understanding of an EAR with respect to personal needs, see yesterday’s ‘Nutrition Advice for Residents of Lake Wobegon’ post.
Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals