Many Teenagers' Diets Lack Major Nutrition
U.S. researchers report that the dietary habits of
teenagers leaves many of them deprived of many
vital nutrients,including vitamins A, B6, C and E,
and calcium, iron and zinc.

Of the 400 teenagers surveyed, about one-third took
vitamin supplements, but these tended to be the
ones who also consumed healthier diets.

It's not tough to find the cause of these nutrient
deficiencies: diets heavy on fast food and fat, and
light on fruits,vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

Lead researcher Dr. Jamie Stang of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis believes
these results confirm that most teenagers have not absorbed the message about the
importance of good nutrition. She suggests abandoning the ''because it's good for you''
approach in favor of demonstrating the link between good nutrition and sports
performance.

Source: Journal of the American
Dietetic Association, 2000; 100, 905-910

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