Are Your Kids’ Diets Lacking in Nutrients? (Yes)
Every day, many parents around the world work hard to provide their children with healthy diets, full of vitamins and minerals. But have you ever analyzed your children’s daily intake to see what they might be lacking? While the Institute of Medicine has provided the RDA (recommended daily allowance), studies have shown that the RDA should only be seen as a minimum and not as the end-all-be-all goal for healthy adults and children.
One mom, who believes she provides balanced meals to her children, sent us an eye-opening report on the nutrients her children take in through their foods because she was surprised at the low levels of vitamins A, B, C, D and E they were getting as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and copper from what she thought was a pretty healthy, average diet.
The blue chart (below) shows what the children ate on an average day, based on a breakfast of eggs, strawberries and buttered toast with milk, a lunch of sandwiches and nectarines, and a chicken dinner with avocado and rice with crackers for snack and another cup of milk with dinner.
The food listed in the blue chart (above) equates to the following intake of vitamins for the day (below). Remember that the %DV is a minimum put out by the National Institutes of Health.
As you can see, the children had a pretty well-rounded diet, not a lot of processed foods or sugars, and while they got a good amount of minerals, they still ended up deficient in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 when only considering the government suggested minimums.
Another mom recently sent us the nutrition info for her family’s average daily intake, and while it is mainly raw and loaded with fruits and veggies, it still lacks in important vitamins and minerals:
This balanced, healthy diet is still lacking in Vitamin D, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Copper and Zinc–and that is just according to the MINIMUM daily recommended intake.
Science has shown that a lack of vitamins and minerals can severely affect overall health and that micronurient deficiencies exhibit themselves in many different ways. In the video below, David Hardy, micronutrient expert, shares how important the proper levels of nutrient intake can be for preventing disease:
Recently, clinical micronutrients were studied at the University of Canterbury and the results were astounding. Watch as Dr. Heather Gordon and Dr. Julia Rucklidge share study results and participants share their experiences:
This Modern Living with Kathy Ireland® episode discusses the importance of supplementing with clinical micronutrients because the average healthy diet just doesn’t cut it: