Abstract

Using total nutrient intake from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007–2010, we determined usual nutrient intakes in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White children and adults. Mean usual intakes for calcium; phosphorus; magnesium; and vitamins A, C, and D for non-Hispanic Black children and adults were significantly lower across ages compared with their non-Hispanic White counterparts. A greater percentage of non-Hispanic Blacks were below the Estimated Average Requirement for calcium, phosphorus and magnesium relative to non-Hispanic Whites across all ages. Similarly, a greater percentage of non-Hispanic Black children and adults had a greater percentage below the EAR for vitamins A and D compared with non-Hispanic Whites. These data demonstrate that U.S. children and adults are falling short of reaching nutrient recommendations, with non-Hispanic Blacks being particularly vulnerable. As dietary and nutrient recommendations evolve, specific strategies to increase consumption of vitamins and minerals in the U.S. non-Hispanic Black population should be considered.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 726-736
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-27
Open Access
No
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