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There remains intransigence, a stubborn denial despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary that people are capable of consuming all that they need in terms of micro nutrients from the ‘balanced diet’. So determined are the nutritional ‘flat earthers’ that this tenet should be enshrined in stone, they have ensured that any claim that this is not true may not be permitted in web sites or informational sites, that may in turn recommend food supplementation. This arbitray use of advertising practices, -The UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (the CAP Code) and ASA adjudication. The relevant code is:

Marketers must not state or imply that a balanced or varied diet cannot provide appropriate quantities of nutrients in general. Individuals should not be encouraged to swap a healthy diet for supplementation, and without well-established proof, no marketing communication may suggest that a widespread vitamin or mineral deficiency exists.

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The shortage of essential micronutrients in the human diet has been linked to multiple health and disease related problems. Dr Bruce Ames has described how the micronutrient triage theory can account for disease induction and more rapid levels of poor quality aging. I have written about the expensive urine myth and how the failure to recognise the differing demands placed by cells at different times can lead to altered and compromised health function.

This paper looks at the nutritional intake of people following a weight loss diet.[1] Based on the USA figures, the authors say that about 1/3 of the population are following some sort of weight loss orientated nutritional programme. The study looked to see if 27 micronutrients could be ingested in sufficient quantities whilst following 4 well known diets to meet minimum RDA levels as determined by the USA regulatory body the FDA.