Survey says: Americans lack knowledge about nutrition, multivitamins

January 21, 2008

Survey reveals Americans are uneducated about nutrition, multivitamins

While the majority of Americans believe they are very or somewhat knowledgeable about multivitamins (67%), many do not know which vitamins and minerals are essential for the body or which supplements are responsible for specific functions in the body, according to a survey released by the not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC). When asked which vitamin or mineral is essential for calcium absorption in the body (Vitamin D), more than a third of those surveyed said they were not sure. About a quarter of Americans believe they get the vitamins and minerals they need by diet alone. To find out more about the survey, visit