SEOUL, Nov.29 (Korea Bizwire) – Males in their 30s and 40s intake more energy than they need, while females in their teens and 20s lack energy.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced the ’2015 Korean Standard of Nutrient Intake’ on November 26. The results above were obtained after comparing the recommended energy estimate with the actual energy intake.
Comparing the new standard of recommended energy estimation with the actual energy intake according to the results of the 2013 Nutrition Survey, men between the ages of 30 and 49 took in more energy than needed. The recommended energy intake was 2,400㎉ per day, while their actual energy intake was 2,625㎉ per day.
On the other hand, adolescents were undernourished. Those between the ages of 12 and 14 consumed 2,352㎉ per day while 2,500㎉were recommended, and those between the ages of 15 and 18 consumed 2,588㎉ a day while 2,700㎉ were needed.
Females in their late teens and early 20s were particularly lacking energy. The recommended nutrient intake among females aged 15 to 18 and 19 to 29 was 2,000㎉ per day and 2,100㎉ per day respectively. However, the actual amount of intake was only 1,886㎉per day and 1,949㎉per day.
The standards for the recommended intake by nutrients were updated as well. The recommended daily dietary intake of carbohydrates was lowered because excessive intake of carbs could increase the risk of diabetes or metabolic syndromes.
The recommended daily intake of Omega-6 fatty acid was increased from eight percent to 10 percent. The portion of protein was set between seven percent and 20 percent.
Comparing the results of the nutrition survey with the updates to the recommended daily dietary intake guidelines, those over 50 ate more carbohydrates than required, while those over 65 lacked fat. It was suggested that the elderly decrease their intake of carbohydrates and increase their intake of fat.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare also suggested the appropriate amount of calcium included in dairy and vegetables. Calcium intake was lower than recommended among all males and females over the age of six.
Since estimating the required amount of vitamin D was difficult due to the lack of scientific basis, the sufficient amount to stay healthy was suggested. The standards were 5㎍ per day among children under 11, 10㎍ per day among those aged between 12 and 64, and 15㎍ per day for those over 65.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)