Nutrient Deficiency

Nutrient Deficiency

Australia's Nutrients Deficiency

Do you know what is the largest nutrient deficiency in Australia? Take your guesses… 

Protein? No! Though opinions differ across the board, generally it is understood that most Australian's have a reasonable protein intake, but that the protein is not of a high enough quality [1] [2]. Ensuring you're eating high-quality protein, every human needs approximately 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. 

Iron? Maybe! Many women are iron deficient because of their menstrual cycle, however many Australians deal with varying levels of iron deficiency. In spite of nearly 20% of Australians dealing with some kind of iron deficiency, it isn't the most common nutrient deficiency in Australia [3] [4]. If you're worried about your iron intake, discuss with your doctor options for diet plans or supplements.

Go on, keep guessing...

Vitamin D? Almost, but no! More than 1 in 3 Australians suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, from mild to severe. Although vitamin D is found in a variety of foods including fish, organ meats, eggs and cereals, the daily values of vitamin D can feel insurmountable. Check out your daily value requirements and best sources of Vitamin D on reputable sources online [5] [6].

Given up? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you.

It’s calcium. That’s right! When your parents told you to drink lots of milk to grow strong bones they were not kidding. Calcium isn’t just great for strong bones though, it is also great for blood clotting, regulating heartbeats, nerve maintenance and muscle contractions. Despite its major importance for the human body, half of all Australians are deficient in calcium. According to the ABS, nearly three quarters of females (73%) and half of all males (51%) aged two years and over did not meet their calcium requirements based on their intakes from food. You'd think with all the calcium-rich foods at our disposal, including milk products, fish, cereals etc., we'd be full up on calcium, but it is not true! Calcium is officially our most common nutrients deficiency. Discussing concerns about calcium deficiency with your doctor is important if you have them, but you can also focus on your diet: eating high-quality, nutrient-dense foods that are high in calcium can help boost your daily value of calcium [7] [8]  [9] [10

What do you think Australians can do to increase our calcium intake?
P.S What do you think is Australia's most concerning overconsumption? Sodium, fat, or sugar?