-“Yes the results were surprising because when you live in a country where people have good diets, it is surprising to see people feel the need to take supplements.”
-“We think they [consumers] should take care.”
-It is only for a few nutrient there are generally low intakes – women of child bearing age have low intakes of iron and the whole population have inadequate intakes vitamin D.

-“Other groups like teenagers also have low intakes of other nutrients, but the question is if everyone taking a supplement should be endangered with very high total intakes for several vitamins and minerals? Because very few groups have inadequate intakes.”

-The solution is supplement producers should lower the dosages to provide about 50% of the RDAs.
-Almost all of the supplements named by participants provided 100% of RDAs.
-“I think it should be lowered to only half of the dose – because it’s only a supplement, it’s not supposed to provide the whole amount.”
-This would still help the people who are deficient, without endangering those who are not.
-Would companies be willing to do that? Manufacturers wouldn’t want to make products that could harm people, but laws may be needed to level the playing field.
-EU claims regulation not to blame – the same results in a survey ten years ago, before the regulation came in.
-“It’s just a matter of the interest of the industry to sell the products.”
-Supplements should be considered when setting levels for food fortification schemes.
-“Fortification can make it very difficult for people to know how much they are consuming.”
-Denmark isn’t planning vitamin D fortification. Only mandatory fortification is for iodine in salt.
-It depends on the problem if supportive of fortification. Iodine was necessary because there were clear clinical signs of deficiency.
-“But I don’t know if we see any clinical signs of vitamin D deficiency.”
-No significant increase in cases of rickets in Denmark
-“I don’t know if we know enough to differentiate between adequate and optimal intakes.”
-“Too much of a good thing and then you hit the upper levels.”
-“unfortunately no systematic tracking”. No tracking system for the possible health impacts – this should be done by health care system
-“We didn’t ask why people were taking supplements but I think it’s because it’s an everyday routine and because I think people want to feel on the safe side.”
-“Interestingly it is the adults who have the healthiest diets that take the supplements.” They might see it as a way of boosting intakes.
Period9 Mar 2016

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleIndtag af kosttilskud
    Media name/
    Media typeWeb
    Producer/AuthorAnnie-Rose Harrison-Dunn
    PersonsAnja Pia Biltoft-Jensen