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Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16 Suppl 2:554-63.

Dietary supplement usage among elementary school children in Taiwan: their school performance and emotional status.

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  • 1Department of Health and Nutrition, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Jen-Te Hsiang, Tainan Hsien, Taiwan, ROC.


Dietary supplement consumption practices among 2417 children (1295 boys and 1122 girls) aged 6 to 12 years in Taiwan were derived from the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan Elementary School Children (NAHSIT 2001-2002). The proportion (22%) of boys and girls using supplements was equivalent. Some 77% of the child supplement takers took only one type of supplement. The top five supplements consumed were: multivitamins and minerals, calcium, vitamin C, cod-liver oil and bee propolis in that order. Children in the most urbanized southern Taiwan had the highest usage (33%), but prevalence was lowest in the mountainous areas (5%). Higher parental education level and household monthly income were associated with higher intakes. Supplement users were more competent at school; however, the frequency and number of supplement types were not related to competence.

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