4364.0.55.008 - Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12
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Magnesium is an essential mineral required for a range of biochemical activities in the human body. These include protein production, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and bone development. Magnesium is widely distributed in both animal and plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.1 Major food sources of magnesium in Australia include cereals and cereal based products and dishes, along with non-alcoholic beverages (such as coffee and water).2
In 2011-12, one in three people aged two years and over (37% of males and 34% of females) did not meet their requirements for magnesium. Inadequate intakes of magnesium were more common in those aged nine years and over, with 61% of males aged 14 to 18 years consuming less than their requirements for magnesium, and 72% of females of the same age. In contrast, almost all children aged 2-8 years met their magnesium requirements. Males aged 19 years and over were more likely than females of the same age group to have inadequate intakes (41% compared with 35%).
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12
1 National Health and Medical Research Council and New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2006, Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, <https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/magnesium>, last accessed 4/2/2015
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12, 'Table 10: Proportion of Nutrients from food groups', data cube: Excel spreadsheet, cat. no. 4364.0.55.007
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