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Title: How is the adequacy of micronutrient intake assessed across Europe? A systematic literature review
Authors: Tabacchi, Garden
Wijnhoven, Trudy M. A.
Branca, Francesco
Román-Viñas, Blanca
Ribas-Barba, Lourdes
Ngo, Joy
García-Álvarez, Alicia
Serra-Majem, Lluís 
UNESCO Clasification: 3206 Ciencias de la nutrición
570106 Documentación
Keywords: Dietary Intake
Adequacy Assessment, et al
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 0007-1145
Journal: British Journal of Nutrition 
Abstract: EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned is a network of excellence funded by the European commission, and established to address the problem of differences between countries in micronutrient recommendations its well as to understand low nutritional information including, requirements and adequacy of intake is processed among different population groups. The aims of the Present paper were to review the methods used for the adequacy assessment of the intake of six micronutrients, of public health concern (vitamin A, folate, vitamin B-12, Fe, Zn and iodine) in non-European and European nutrition surveys carried out on the apparently healthy population and to compare in particular the adequacy across Surveys for folate intake. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify nutrition surveys that assessed micronutrient intake adequacy. The search yielded 9049 records, out of which 337 were eligible for the selected micronutrients. The majority (83.9%) of the European surveys compared the adequacy of the nutrient intake against the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA): only a few surveys (8.0%) used the estimated average requirement cut-point method, while none of them used the probability approach. The comparison of folate inadequacy across eight Countries revealed that about 25% of the adult female population had inadequate intakes when judged against the different recommendations used by the respective investigators, but nearly 75% had inadequate intakes when compared against the estimated average requirement cut-point value of 320 mu g/d. The present review showed that different methods were applied across Europe to estimate the adequacy of micronutrient intake, which led to different prevalence estimates of micronutrient inadequacy.
ISSN: 0007-1145
DOI: 10.1017/S0007114509990560
Source: British Journal of Nutrition [ISSN 0007-1145], v. 101 (sup. 2), p. s29-s36, (Julio 2009)
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