What is the most common nutrient deficiency in America?

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Christie Parsons, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
In America, we have done several things to prevent nutrient deficiencies by enriching and fortifying foods with vitamins or minerals.

For example, iodine is added to table salt, where it does not occur naturally, to prevent goiter. Vitamin D is added to milk to help with bone health. Folate is added to many grain products to prevent neural tube defects.

Fortunately, with these actions taken in our food supply, we do not have many nutrient deficiencies in America.
There are some nutrients we get more of than others. Some nutrients of concern for Americans are fiber, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A and C, which you will always find listed on the food label.

With the many processed foods in the American diet, we often lack fiber, which is important for digestion and heart health. Calcium is involved with our bone health.  Iron is a particular nutrient important for women and is difficult to get enough of if you do not eat meat. Vitamins A and C can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, so choose fruits and vegetables with different colors to ensure you are getting a good mixture of nutrients.

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