Is Low-Carb Eating Increasing Scurvy?
Eating Low-Carb? Don't Forget Potatoes, Other Foods Rich in Vitamin C
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Among her findings:
- 14% of males and 10% of females were vitamin C deficient.
- Only 6% of 12- to 17-year-olds were deficient.
- The adults aged 25 to 44 had the worst vitamin C levels.
Nearly one-quarter -- 23% -- of males aged 25 to 44 were
vitamin C deficient, compared with 15% of 65- to 74-year-olds.
Among females, 20% of those aged 25 to 44 were deficient,
whereas 13% of 65- to 74-year-olds were also vitamin C deficient.
- Smokers were nearly four times as likely to be vitamin C deficient as
- Those who didn't take a vitamin supplement were three times as likely to be
deficient in vitamin C.
Seniors are most likely to purchase and use vitamin
supplements, notes Johnston. "Vitamin C consistently ranks as one of the
most frequently purchased supplements," she writes.
"We showed that individuals who did not use supplements in
the previous month had a greatly increased risk of vitamin C deficiency,"
she notes. "For many years, physicians, dietitians, and other health
professionals have hesitated to discuss vitamin supplements with
Seniors are also more likely to take their medicine with orange
juice," says Zanecosky. "A lot of seniors buy fortified orange juice,
which has vitamins C, E, D, and calcium added. Children are getting juices
fortified with vitamin C."
How often does she have to say it? "Eat fruits and
vegetables! We always encourage people to eat a variety. If all you eat is an
apple, you won't get vitamin C."
Potatoes are low in fat and calories. "The problem is what
people put on top of the potato," Zanecosky tells WebMD. "Salsa adds
vitamin C, and is a low-fat, low-cal alternative to sour cream, margarine, or
butter. Salsa even counts as an extra vegetable! Broccoli also has vitamin C.
Broccoli with cheddar cheese over a potato -- you get calcium, vitamin C -- a
Also, ample amounts of vitamin C are found in:
- Orange juice
Zanecosky advises eating foods rather than relying on
supplements. "The foods have many more other vitamins and minerals that you
don't get in a pill," she notes. "They're low in calories, low in fat,
and fill you up. Don't tell me you can't find food on this list that's