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Popular Diet Plans Short-change Followers On Micronutrients

June 10, 2010: 10:16 AM EST
Four popular diet plans fail to provide adequate levels of key micronutrients, according to a new study. The Atkins for Life diet, South Beach Diet, DASH diet and Best Life Diet were all analyzed to determine whether they provided the recommended daily intake (RDI) of 27 micronutrients. Each of the diets was found on average to provide sufficient amounts of 11 of the micronutrients, and about 1,750 calories. The researchers found that all four diets provided consistently low levels of vitamin B7, vitamin D, vitamin E, chromium, iodine and molybdenum, but acknowledged that two of the plans – Atkins and The Best Life Diet – “adamantly recommended their followers to take a daily vitamin supplement.”
Jayson B. Calton, "Prevalence of micronutrient deficiency in popular diet plans", Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, June 10, 2010, © Calton , licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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