A systematic review on micronutrient intake adequacy in adult minority populations residing in Europe: The need for action

J. Ngo, B. Roman-Vinas, L. Ribas-Barba, M. Golsorkhi, M. Wharthon Medina, G.E. Bekkering, A.J.E.M. Cavelaars, C.P.G.M. de Groot

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Abstract

This systematic review evaluated micronutrient intake inadequacy of ten micronutrients for adult ethnic minority populations residing in Europe. Pubmed was searched for studies, related references were checked and experts consulted. Ten studies were identified and six were included in the final analysis representing Albanian, Roma, Sub-Saharan African, South Asian and African-Caribbean minority groups. The Estimated Average Requirement cut point was applied to estimate inadequate intake. With the exception of a sub-Saharan African study, of seven micronutrients analysed, inadequate intakes were markedly elevated (>50 % of the population in most cases) in both genders for folate, vitamin B12, calcium and iron (the latter in females only). A pressing need exists for intake adequacy studies with sound methodologies addressing ethnic minority groups in Europe. These populations constitute a vulnerable population for inadequate intakes and results substantiate the need for further investigation, interventions and policy measures to reduce their nutritional risk
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-950
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • food-frequency questionnaires
  • vitamin-d deficiency
  • ethnic-groups
  • immigrant population
  • nutrient intake
  • african origin
  • dietary-intake
  • south-asians
  • risk-factors
  • east london

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