The contribution of dairy products to micronutrient intake in the Netherlands

Pauline A J Vissers, Martinette T Streppel, Edith J M Feskens, Lisette C P G M de Groot

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

36 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the contribution of dairy products to the intake of various vitamins and minerals in several life stages in the Dutch population.

METHOD: Data from 3 Dutch Food Consumption Surveys and the Leiden Longevity Study were used to estimate the contribution of dairy products--as percentage of total intake--to the intake of iron, copper, selenium, zinc, calcium, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin B(12).

RESULTS: In young children, dairy products contributed substantially to the intake of calcium (73%), selenium (21%), iron (8%), zinc (39%), copper (12%), folic acid (24%), vitamin C (18%), vitamin D (16%), and vitamin B(12) (58%). Of all dairy products, milk contributed the most to the intake of these nutrients. In adults and elderly subjects, the contribution of dairy products to total micronutrient intake was 65%-68% for calcium, 18%-19% for selenium, 3%-4% for iron, 28%-31% for zinc, 6%-7% for copper, 17%-19% for folic acid, 10%-14% for vitamin C, 11%-16% for vitamin D, and 44%-46% for vitamin B(12). Milk as well as cheese contributed the most to the intake of these nutrients.

CONCLUSIONS: Dairy products are an important source of vitamins and minerals in the Dutch population. Dairy products, especially milk and cheese, contribute substantially to the intake of calcium, selenium, zinc, and vitamin B(12).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415S-21S
JournalJournal of the American College of Nutrition
Volume30
Issue number5 Suppl 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The contribution of dairy products to micronutrient intake in the Netherlands'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this