Most Americans still aren’t sure if they’re getting enough omega-3s or adequate vitamin D, according to a survey.
A three-country survey commissioned by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA) found that 65 percent of respondents didn’t know if they were getting enough omegas. Only 48 percent of consumers felt they got enough vitamin D. The survey sampled 1,022 adults online. Results were published in Nutrition Today.
The results echo findings by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, which finds that American men only get 50 percent of the omegas they need each day and women get only 40 percent.
The GNHA survey results highlight a strategy for manufacturers, according to a post about the study in fooddive.com: “As food manufacturers look for ways to retool their products to make them healthier, fortifying their products with vitamin D and/or omega-3s is one way to attract health-conscious consumers who are looking for more nutritious foods.”
Overall, the study found that 73 percent of Americans believe they have a “healthy” or “optimal” diet. The prevalence of chronic disease, however, suggests respondents may be overestimating how healthy their diets are.
“Preaching about proper diet is not enough,” said GNHA founding member Nigel Denby, RD in a release. “Perceptions of a healthy diet and the fact that it is very difficult to consume the recommended intake of nutrients such as omega-3 and vitamin D via diet alone, require us to rethink that approach. Additional studies are needed to demonstrate the truth behind what people report they are consuming and what they really are eating. These types of studies would help further discussion about the role of vitamin and mineral supplementation as part of a healthy diet.”