DO WE get all the nutrients we need from our food alone???
WE DO NOT GET ALL THE NUTRIENTS WE NEED FROM FOOD ALONE
National surveys show that Americans do not get all the nutrients they need from food alone. I would expect that it is similar throughout the EU, Australia, Philippines, Asia, or North America.
Recent analysis shows that a large percentage of the population falls short of even the estimated average nutrient requirements (EAR). The Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) is the intake level for a nutrient at which the needs of 50 percent of the population will be met (which means they are even lower than the RDA). Almost everyone is too low in vitamin D and E, more than 30% are below the EAR for calcium, magnesium and vitamin A, and almost 50% fall short of vitamin C from food alone. Even more interesting is that even with food fortification and supplements, a significant percentage of the population is still below the average nutrient requirements.
Fact Sheet (with full sized chart):
Why do I need to supplement: