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Rodrigo Louvat
I am a Marketing Associate at Tera in charge of digital marketing and content creation, writing blog articles and newsletters. Drop me a line at rodrigo.louvat@hellotera.com if you feel like it!

Why Most Americans Are Deficient in Micronutrients: A Hidden Crisis 

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Why Micronutrients Matter

Most of us are aware of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), but it’s the micronutrients that often fly under the radar. Despite being needed in only tiny amounts, they’re absolutely essential for our well-being. What’s even more fascinating is that food sources are often superior to supplements when it comes to absorption.

Did you know? The current Dietary Guidelines (2020-2025) from the USDA and HHS emphasize four primary areas:

  • Eating healthily throughout ALL life stages.
  • Picking nutrient-dense foods within your cultural, budgetary, and personal preferences.(You should enjoy your diet)
  • Balancing various food groups.
  • Minimizing sodium, saturated fats, added sugars, and alcohol.

However, the sad reality is that the majority of Americans aren’t eating according to these guidelines. With an average score of 59 out of 100 on the Healthy Eating Index, there’s plenty of room for improvement

Micronutrients to Watch:
Recent studies highlight a shortfall in the intake of specific micronutrients, leading to diet-related conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. Here are a few micronutrients most Americans lack and where to find them:

  1. Calcium – Essential for bone health and muscle movement.
    1. Good Sources: Yogurt, cheese, milk, fish like salmon, tofu, and leafy greens.
  2. Potassium – Key to blood pressure regulation and muscle function.
    1. Good Sources: Dairy products, coconut water, potatoes, spinach, beans, fruits like bananas and kiwi, and fish.
  3. Fiber – Crucial for digestion and heart health.
    1. Good Sources: Whole grains, popcorn, beans, vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, fruits, and nuts.
  4. Vitamin D – Supports bone growth and immunity.
    1. Good Sources: Fortified dairy products, fish, and mushrooms.
  5. Iron – Vital for blood health and growth.
    1. Good Sources: Beans, spinach, seafood, meats, and mushrooms. 

???? Quick Tip: Always remember, diversity in food choices is the spice  of a healthy life. Experiment with new foods and recipes to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need.

Common Symptoms of Micronutrient Deficiencies

While the symptoms vary depending on the specific micronutrient in question, there are some general signs that might indicate a deficiency:

  • Hair Loss: While losing a few strands is normal, excessive hair loss could be a sign of iron or zinc deficiency.
  • Fatigue: Constant tiredness might point towards a deficiency in iron, magnesium, or B-vitamins.
  • Weakened Vision: Night blindness, in particular, can be a sign of vitamin A deficiency.
  • Skin Issues: Dry skin, acne-like bumps, or a pale complexion can hint at deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E, and K, or even iron.
  • Mood Fluctuations: Changes in mood or increased anxiety might indicate a deficiency in B-vitamins or magnesium.
  • Poor Wound Healing: If cuts and scrapes are taking longer than usual to heal, it might be a deficiency in zinc, vitamin K or C.
  • Frequent Infections: If you’re catching colds easily, it might mean your immune system is compromised due to a deficiency in vitamins like vitamin C or D.

Tera’s nutrition feature helps you discover the most nutritious choices among your favorite foods. Next time you use Tera, ensure you select all of the nutrition preferences. This way, when you go shopping, Tera will notify you if the products you are considering have excessive or insufficient amounts of the 11 essential nutrients.

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