4364.0.55.008 - Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12  
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VITAMIN B6

Vitamin B6 is required for the metabolism of amino acids and other compounds. Meat, poultry and game products and dishes are the major dietary source of vitamin B6, while vegetable products and dishes, milk products and dishes, fortified drinks, cereals and cereal based products are also dietary sources.1

Three in every ten people aged two years and over had an inadequate intake of vitamin B6. In general, females were twice as likely as males to have an inadequate intake of vitamin B6 (41% compared with 18%). Overall, adults were more likely than children to have an inadequate intake of vitamin B6, with 21% of males and 48% of females aged 19 years and over not meeting their requirements, compared with 8% of males and 17% of females aged 2-18 years.

Females’ usual intakes of vitamin B6 were lower than males’, which is consistent with their lower mean daily consumption of meat and meat products.2

Proportion of population with inadequate vitamin B6 intakes (estimated as % below the EAR), by age


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

Males
Females
Males
Females
2-3
0.4
0.4
-
0.3
4-8
0.5
0.5
0.1
1.1
9-13
0.8
0.8
6.8
20.1
14-18
1.1
1.0
20.3
#37.4
19-30
1.1
1.1
4.8
34.4
31-50
1.1
1.1
8.1
38.5
51-70
1.4
1.3
38.9
58.0
71 and over
1.4
1.3
56.7
72.1

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-b6>
(b) Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intake, 2011-12

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
# 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 B6 intakes

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



ENDNOTES

1 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
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12, 'Table 5: Mean daily food intake', data cube: Excel spreadsheet, cat. no. 4364.0.55.007