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Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2000 Mar;70(2):48-53.

Vitamin intake of 1- to 18-year-old German children and adolescents in the light of various recommendations.

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Research Institute of Child Nutrition, Dortmund, Germany.


Data on the vitamin intake during childhood and adolescence are rare in Europe. Here, age and sex specific percentiles of the absolute intakes and relative densities (per MJ) of retinol, carotenoids, vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2, B6, niacin and folate in a sample of 627 subjects between the age of 1 and 18 years are reported and compared to the actual recommendations from Germany, the EC and the USA. The evaluation of the intakes clearly depends on the reference value chosen. In total, the vitamin intake can be assessed to range between satisfactory and generous with the exception of folate which ranged consistently below the references.

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