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TITLE Towards an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals   200906.pdf (385.5 KB)
Document ID LIB615
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 27/04/2009
Document reference 978-90-5549-770-6
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (385.5 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Mitra Javanmardi
Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  A diet in accordance with the Guidelines for a Healthy Diet supplies enough micronutrients for the general population. However, there are some exceptions: women need extra folic acid around the time of conception; young children, people who do not go outdoors enough or who have dark skin, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, women who wear a veil, women aged 50 and over and men aged 70 and over need extra vitamin D; infants need extra vitamin K; and vegans need extra vitamin B12. In order to prevent too high intakes, the committee advises people wishing to take supplements or consume fortified foods to ensure that their intake of micronutrients from these products does not exceed the recommended daily intake of micronutrients per day in addition to the micronutrients obtained from the diet. Consuming amounts in excess of the recommended intake does not offer any health benefits.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The background to this advisory report
Regulations and research undergo rapid development
European legislation, regulations and research in the field of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, known as micronutrients, undergo rapid development. That is why the Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport has asked the Health Council of the Netherlands for advice in connection with a review of policy in ...

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