Knowledge about folate and the contribution of nutrient supplements to the intake of folic acid and vitamin B12 in Australian adults in 1995 and 1996

Lawrence, Mark, Rutishauser, Ingrid H.E. and Lewis, Janine L. 2001, Knowledge about folate and the contribution of nutrient supplements to the intake of folic acid and vitamin B12 in Australian adults in 1995 and 1996, Australian journal of nutrition & dietetics, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 12-18.

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Title Knowledge about folate and the contribution of nutrient supplements to the intake of folic acid and vitamin B12 in Australian adults in 1995 and 1996
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark
Rutishauser, Ingrid H.E.
Lewis, Janine L.
Journal name Australian journal of nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 58
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 18
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Limited
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001-03
ISSN 1032-1322
Keyword(s) folate fortification
nutrient supplements
food regulation
knowledge
behaviour
Summary The present paper reports knowledge about folate and the contribution of supplements to the intake of folic acid and vitamin B12 in Australian adults during 1995 and 1996. Data were obtained from two population survey monitor surveys conducted in a sample of 5422 adults in 1995-96. The surveys were designed to complement food intake data from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey and to provide an estimate of total folate intake prior to the implementation of voluntary fortification of foods with folic acid. The proportion with knowledge about folate increased with education level and socioeconomic status and was greater in women than men. It was also greater in those who were married, and in those residing in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory than in other states and territories. Five per cent of men and 10% of women had taken a supplement containing folio acid on the previous day. The equivalent figures for vitamin B12 were 7.5% for men and 12.5% for women. On average, intake of folic acid from supplements was 11 micro g per day for men and 28 micro g per day for women and intake of vitamin B12 was 2.6 micro g per day for men and 4.5 micro g per day for women. For individuals who consumed a supplement containing folic acid on the day before the survey the median folic acid contribution was 200 micro g. In 1995 and 1996 only one in two adult Australians had heard of folate and only one in ten women of child-bearing age had taken a supplement containing folic acid.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001097

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