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A practical approach to monitoring nutrient supplement intake of Australian adults

Lawrence, Mark, Rutsihauser, Ingrid H.E. and Lewis, Janine L. 2001, A practical approach to monitoring nutrient supplement intake of Australian adults, Australian journal of nutrition and dietetics, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 98-103.

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Title A practical approach to monitoring nutrient supplement intake of Australian adults
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark
Rutsihauser, Ingrid H.E.
Lewis, Janine L.
Journal name Australian journal of nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 58
Issue number 2
Start page 98
End page 103
Publisher Dietitians Association of Australia
Place of publication Turner, A.C.T.
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 1032-1322
Keyword(s) nutrient supplements
vitamins
minerals
food regulation
monitoring
Summary The adoption, in mid-1995, of the revised food Standard A9, which permits the more liberal addition of nutrients to a range of food products, highlighted the need to obtain information on nutrient intake from supplements to complement the i 995 National Nutrition Survey data on nutrient intake from food. This paper describes the method used to obtain quantitative information on nutrient supplement intake and reports on the prevalence of supplement use in different subgroups of the Australian population. Information on supplement intake was obtained in two Australian Bureau of Statistics Population Survey Monitor surveys in August 1995 and February 1996 using the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registration numbers to identify individual products. Approximately 18% of men and 29% of women aged 18 years and over reported consuming a nutrient supplement on the day before the survey and these proportions increased to 25% and 35% respectively for consumption during the two weeks before the survey. The prevalence of supplement intake increased with age, education level, socioeconomic status, employment status and with fruit and vegetable intake. The substantial proportion of Australian adults who consume nutrient supplements, and the rapidly changing composition of the Australian food supply in response to changes in food regulation, indicate that there is a need for regular monitoring of nutrient intake from supplements. The use of TGA registration numbers to identify supplements provides a practical way to address this need.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Dietitians Association of Australia
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