4364.0.55.008 - Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12  
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VITAMIN A

Vitamin A helps normal immune function, vision, and reproduction.1 Vegetable products and dishes are the largest contributors to vitamin A intake in Australia followed by milk products.2

Approximately 17% of males and 14% of females had inadequate usual intakes of vitamin A (as retinol equivalents). For 14-18 year olds, 33% of males and 27% of females did not meet requirements, along with 21% of males and 20% of females aged 19-30 years.

Proportion of population with inadequate vitamin A intakes (estimated as % below the EAR), by age


Age (years)
EAR (g)(a)
.
.
Prevalence of inadequacy (%)(b)

Males
Females
Males
Females
2-3
210
210
0.7
2.1
4-8
275
275
2.4
5.9
9-13
445
420
4.5
8.9
14-18
630
485
#33.2
26.5
19-30
625
500
20.6
19.9
31-50
625
500
19.2
15.0
51-70
625
500
16.9
11.3
71 and over
625
500
13.2
15.7

Source:
(a) National Health and Medical Research Council and New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2006, Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, <http://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/vitamin-a>
(b) Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intake, 2011-12

# proportion has a margin of error >10 percentage points which should be considered when using this information.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Proportion of population with inadequate vitamin A intakes

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12



Less than 5% of the population exceeded the UL for preformed vitamin A (retinol).

ENDNOTES

1 National Health and Medical Research Council and New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2006, Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, <http://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/vitamin-a>, 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