Millions around the globe suffer from nutritional deficiencies due to lack of vitamins and minerals

Millions around the globe suffer from nutritional deficiencies due to lack of vitamins and minerals

A new report by UNICEF and The Micronutrient Initiative says that millions of people around the world are lacking key vitamins and minerals like iodine, folic acid, and zinc. The report is accompanied by pictures of people in third world countries. But here''s the real story on this news: the vast majority of Americans are suffering from nutritional deficiencies right now as well!

It''s true: nearly 2/3rds of Americans are deficient in zinc. Well over half are deficient in magnesium. There are widespread deficiencies in the B vitamins, folic acid, Vitamin D and other essential nutrients. But how could this happen in a "rich" nation like America?

The answer is simple: our foods are devoid of real nutrition. They''re processed, refined and packaged for the sole purpose of generating profits for food and beverage manufacturers. There is absolutely no attention given to nutrition by most food manufacturers. All they do is comply with federal law by fortifying white flour, for example. But they''re not at all interested in the idea of keeping people healthy. That would raise the price of their products!

UNICEF is also right: there are glaring nutritional deficiencies throughout the world, and most of these would cost mere pennies to correct. But before these problems can even be addressed, there needs to be far more education and publicity to help make people aware of the fact that the global food supply is the #1 cause of death and disease on planet Earth.

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The report, by Unicef and The Micronutrient Initiative, calls for urgent action to tackle the problem. It says efforts to eradicate poverty, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health all hinge on ensuring better access to vitamins and minerals. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause a range of problems ranging from lower IQs to weak immune systems. The report calls on the food industry to consider adding key vitamins to staple foods to tackle the problem. Venkatesh Mannar, president of The Micronutrient Initiative, a not-for-profit organization which is trying to boost vitamin uptake in developing countries, urged the international community to work together.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3560473.stm

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