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Missing nutrients in Americans' diet

Posted by Nirmala N.

According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, there are seven important nutrients that the majority of Americans aren't getting enough of:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

But it's simple to remedy this. To get more calcium, simply eat more fortified foods like breakfast cereals and soy milk. As far as potassium goes, bananas, tuna, plain non-fat yogurt, and sweet potatoes are great sources. Sources of fiber: cooked black beans, pears, whole wheat English muffins. Magnesium: halibut, almonds, bran cereal. Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, squash. Vitamin C: red peppers, oranges, strawberries, canteloupes, broccoli. Vitamin E: tomato sauce, sunflower seeds, peanut butter.

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You certainly can't count on supplements for potassium. Most of them offer a very low percentage of the daily allowance. Like 3% or something. Real food is definitely the way to go.
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