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Study Shows Older Adult Americans Consume More Phytonutrients

June 20, 2011: 06:46 PM EST
Older adult Americans (65 years and older) consume more phytonutrients, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, from fruits and vegetables, according to the Nutrilite Health Institute's analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Older adults consumed 20% more carotenoid, 40% more flavonoids, and 80% more ellagic acid than their younger-adult counterparts. The study focused on 14 phytonutrients and covered a study population that included "non-pregnant, non-lactating" respondents who are 19 years and older. Respondents were asked to perform two dietary records based on NHANES criteria. Results showed that resveratrol intake among older adults was 50% higher compared with younger adults, while both age groups showed similar levels of lycopene intakes.
Joanna Cosgrove, "The Quest for a More Colorful Plate - Nutrilite Health Institute finds older adults have a higher daily phytonutrient intake than younger adults", Nutraceutical World, June 20, 2011, © Rodman Publishing
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