Diets Low in Micronutrients Linked to Obesity

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Your body loves micronutrients. It doesn’t need a lot of these essential dietary elements — trace amounts are enough. But without these small amounts, you’re in for all sorts of health problems, including added weight. Research
has shown micronutrient deficiency to be scientificallylinked to a higher risk of obesity and other diseases dangerous to your health.In the latest health news, a study performed at the Department of Nutritional Research and Education in North Venice, Florida, shows that many popular diets are low inmicronutrients — in other words, they may not be helping people to shed extra pounds at all. The U.S. researchers noted that one-third of Americans are on a diet at any given time. They’ve set out to determine whether current popular diet plans could protect followers from micronutrient deficiency by providing the minimumlevels of 27 micronutrients, as determined by the U.S.Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Reference Daily Intake RDI) guidelines. The research team then got down to work. They evaluated suggested daily menus from four popular diet plans: the “Atkins for Life” diet; “The South Beach Diet;” the “Best Life” diet; and the “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” (DASH) diet. The calorie and micronutrient contents of each ingredient, in each meal were determined by using food composition data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. The researchers tallied the results for sufficiency and total calories, as well as identifying deficient micronutrients in the diets. How did they fare? According to the study results, each of the four popular diet plans failed to providethe minimum RDI sufficiency for all 27 micronutrients analyzed. The analysis of the four diets revealed that a high average calorie intake would be required to achieve sufficiency in all 27 micronutrients. In fact, six micronutrients (vitamin B7, vitamin D, vitamin E, chromium, iodine and molybdenum) were identified asconsistently low or nonexistent in all four diet plans.
The research team concluded that these findings aresignificant and indicate that an individual following a popular diet plan as suggested, with food alone, has a high
likelihood of becoming micronutrient-deficient; a state shown to be scientifically linked to an increased risk for
many health conditions and diseases. If you are considering following a weight-reduction eating plan, make sure you are getting all the micronutrients you
need. Follow your doctor’s advice or the advice of a nutritionist and make sure your nutritional health is
balanced. You’ll want to avoid the sometimes serious consequences of deficiency. !The 6 Essential Ways To Protect Yourself From HEART ATTACKS and STROKES! Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser
 
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