I agree. “Overfed but undernourished” would make a great book title (but I believe a documentary already stole it…)

Your comment prompted me to look up data on scurvy. It seems that clinical cases are rare, but that approximately 7% of Americans are deficient in vitamin C based on blood tests.

This study found that white men had the highest rates of low Vit C levels (12%). They also found greater vit C deficiency rates in smokers and lower socioeconomic status.

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/90/5/1252/4598114?ijkey=18417a97cb6f956dea002318543b82a44b8c39e9&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

This is truly alarming, not so much because of scurvy persay, but because this means these people are eating vanishingly small amounts of fruits and veg. Vit C is one of the easiest nutrients to get in abundance across most produce. For example, all it takes is about a third cup of red bell pepper to meet your daily vitamin C needs!

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