Vitamins – Introduction
11:27 am, Thu 24 Oct 2013 Free vitamins for tots: Good idea or a waste of money? ITV News readers have been sharing their views on the chief medical officer’s suggestion of providing free vitamins for all children under the age of five. Read: Call for free vitamins for children under-five [It would be a] waste of money because those parents who don’t buy vitamins now probably still wouldn’t give them to their children even if they were free. They need educating on a proper diet and getting kids off computer games and outside to play. Dawn in Liverpool I think it is a good idea for those who aren’t inclined, or don’t have the money to give their children a proper balanced diet. The other parents who have a choice and are better informed don’t have to take it up.
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The water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the B complex vitamins. The body uses these vitamins very quickly. Excess amounts are eliminated in urine. Guidelines for Adequate Intake of Vitamins The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamins, set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, has been used for years as a guide for determining the amount of vitamins needed to prevent deficiency diseases. The RDA refers to an estimate of the average requirements of dietary components such as calories, vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are required to prevent deficiency.
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