The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has urged the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to adopt a new posture on dietary supplements

in the upcoming round of federal dietary guideline revisions that would “encourage the use of multivitamins and supplements as a convenient, safe and affordable” way to fill key nutrient gaps in most American diets. According to a CRN news release, maximizing nutrition from calories consumed is a public health goal, yet government research demonstrates that many Americans continue to fall short of their nutrient requirements because consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and seafood is lower than recommended. Citing research showing that “a large portion of Americans fall below the estimated average requirement (EAR) for certain nutrients, specifically vitamins A, C, D, E, magnesium, and calcium,” CRN said that intake of some nutrients is low enough to be of “public health concern.”

“The use of a multivitamin and other dietary supplements should be carefully considered to ensure adequate intake of essential micronutrients, especially in those at risk for nutrient inadequacies,” CRN concluded. See CRN News Release, February 3, 2014.