5 Vital Nutrients Lacking in the American Diet

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the average American diet lacks the suitable intake of essential powerful nutrients. With so many processed foods lining the shelves, Americans now eat relatively large amounts of over-processed simple carbohydrates and refined sugars.

By contrast, eating moderate portions of whole, home-cooked meals was the norm in decades past. Fortunately, consuming more unrefined foods such as fruits, veggies and whole grains could help solve the problem.

Here is a breakdown of the five essential nutrients you need:

Potassium – this nutrient literally keeps your heart beating, so its importance cannot be overemphasized. Increasing its consumption has been linked to lowering blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.1

Fiber – soluble fiber can help lower glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as reducing risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes and protecting the arteries.2 Insoluble fiber, among other attributes, helps treat digestive problems.

Calcium – the most abundant mineral in the body, we need a lot of calcium to properly function. It helps maintain healthy bones, assists in nerve transmission, and helps our blood clot.3 A lack of this vital mineral can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Vitamin D – in addition to protecting our bones, this vitamin helps regulate cell growth and decrease risk of cardiovascular disease.4 It’s also the only vitamin we can both consume through a variety of foods, and create in the form of a hormone when we process light.

Iron – an essential protein building block, we literally need iron to live. It does everything from distribute oxygen through the body to helping build muscles. Iron deficiency can cause fatigue, memory loss, muscle loss and difficulties regulating body temperature.

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1 St George’s, University of London, Beneficial effects of potassium on human health.

2 Journal of the American Medical Association, Protective effect of fruits and vegetables on development of stroke in men.

3 Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Calcium intake and its relationship with adiposity and insulin resistance in post-pubertal adolescents.

4 Current Vascular Pharmacology, Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease.