Iodine in survey of British Adults Across Mid-Life

Micronutrient Intakes of British Adults Across Mid-Life


A secondary analysis of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (Years 1–6) was undertaken in a new paper published in Frontiers in Nutrition. Data from n = 3,238 adults was analysed and micronutrient intakes from food sources (excluding supplements) derived as a percentage of the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI) and percentage of the Lower Reference Nutrient Intake (LRNI) for males and females aged 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, and 50–59 years. In the paper by Dr Emma Derbyshire (Nutritional Insight Limited, London), it was reported that females across midlife (20-60 years) had an iodine intake that was below the RNI for iodine. Furthermore about 17% of females 20-29 years had iodine intake below the LNRI. These are important data for women who may become pregnant as there are increased iodine requirements in pregnancy.