Americans have good levels of many important vitamins in their bodies, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There still are some stark disparities, such as a 31 percent vitamin D deficiency in African Americans, but overall the assessment was pretty good, the federal agency determined from blood and urine samples collected from participants in its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an ongoing nationwide survey of a host of health issues.
The report doesn’t necessarily indicate that people are eating healthy diets, but they are for the most part getting enough vitamins A and D and folate, among other vitamins and nutrients. The data on 58 biochemical indicators was from 1999-2006.
“These findings are a snapshot of our nation’s overall nutrition status,” said Christopher Portier, director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, in a statement. “Measurements of blood and urine levels of these nutrients are critical because they show us whether the sum of nutrient intakes from foods and vitamin supplements is too low, too high, or sufficient.”