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Male prisoners do not get the minimum DRI of Vitamin D, Magnesium, or Omega-3 - Aug 2022


Nutrition availability for those incarcerated in jail: Implications for mental health

Int J Prison Health . 2022 Aug 4 doi: 10.1108/IJPH-02-2022-0009.
Katherine Mommaerts 1, Nanette V Lopez 2, Carolyn Camplain 3, Chesleigh Keene 4, Ashley Marie Hale 5, Ricky Camplain 6

Purpose: Using a seven-day cycle menu and commissary items at a rural county jail, this study aims to describe provisions of micronutrients known to be associated with mental health disorders and if they meet dietary guidelines.

Design/methodology/approach: The nutritional content of a seven-day cycle menu and four available commissary food packs were evaluated using NutritionCalc® Plus software (McGraw-Hill Education version 5.0.19) and compared to Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI).

Findings: Menu mean values of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and zinc met DRI recommendations.
However,

  • Vitamin D (for men and women),
  • magnesium (for men only) and
  • omega-3s (for men only) did not meet the DRI recommendations.

Originality/value: As deficits of Vitamin D, magnesium and omega-3s are known to exacerbate bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, small changes to food would increase the offerings and potential intake of nutrients that may improve mental health.


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