Research Article

Low iron intakes among young women in Britain.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 09 March 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:743
  1. S A Barber,
  2. N L Bull,
  3. D H Buss


    A large survey by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of people aged 15 to 25 showed that the women, and especially the participants "on a diet" or "watching their weight," generally had iron intakes well below the recommended daily allowance. Reduced iron intake appeared to result from diets of reduced iron concentration as well as from energy restriction. Further research is needed to establish whether this population is compromised or whether the current recommended daily allowances are unnecessarily high.