The following 2013 study,
Mensink G.B.M. et al. Mapping low intake of micronutrients across Europe. British Journal of Nutrition, October 2013
Tested Europeans for 17 different basic micronutrients and found a significant number of deficits.
There are many reasons why people do not get adequate vitamin and mineral consumption, with industrial food production methods, poor food choices, and lack of organic foods being chief amongst them.
The seriousness of micronutrient deficiencies should not be underestimated. One of the best books on this subject is by Paul Bergner:
The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements
You can enjoy robust health without relying on a lowfat diet or bottles full of nutritional supplements. You don’t even have to give up meat. The secret lies in “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. From calcium and iron to the essential fatty acids and beyond, minerals are the hard-working dietary necessities that supply the body’s building materials, affect digestion, and perform other tasks crucial to health and fitness.Modern farming and food processing rob food of valuable nutrients. But respected nutritionist, herbalist, and researcher “Paul Bergner explains, item by item, how to restore 22 important minerals and other nutrients to your diet. You will learn how much of each you need and which foods can provide it. Find out just how easy and enjoyable good nutrition be!
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