Author(s): Oster O, Prellwitz W
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Abstract The selenium content of food consumed in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) was determined for the estimation of the dietary selenium intake of West German adults. The daily dietary selenium intake of men is 47 micrograms (micrograms) and that of women 38 micrograms, corresponding to 0.67 microgram/kg body weight per day for both men and women. Animal protein is the main source of dietary selenium, accounting for 65.5\% of the total selenium intake. Pork contributes 25.1\% to the total Se intake, reflecting the current consumption and the selenium supplementation of feedstock rather than the availability of selenium from natural dietary sources. The selenium intake of adults in West Germany is only slightly higher than in New Zealand, Finland, and Italy, nearly equal to that in Belgium and France, and distinctly lower than in Great Britain, the USA, Canada, and Japan.
This article was published in Biol Trace Elem Res
and referenced in Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences