Consumer Sentiment - Nutrients from Food
There is no data to support the view that US women feel that it's better for you to get your nutrients from food than from supplements. I believe that this is because the truth is on the contrary, and supplement use is popular amongst American women, and indeed in men too, and especially in the millennial age group.
In order to answer your question, I first searched for data that shows that US women feel that it's better for you to get your nutrients from food than from supplements. I began my search by looking through recently published academic articles on the subject of women and supplements, and women and nutrition. After a thorough search, I found no papers published which look at women's sentiment surrounding this idea, so I then searched for papers on the same subject but for US adults, to see if they provided a gender breakdown, but again I found no useful studies published.
Next, I searched for data from surveys and questionnaires on the topic, but again, there was nothing to support the idea that women prefer to get their nutrients from food rather than supplements. Then, I looked through online articles, and news stories on the topic, as well as through popular online health publications. But again, no data was available.
Finally, I searched on various women's health forums for discussions on supplements, e.g. this on from patient.info, Imaginis and Female Forum. But again, there was no relevant data available.
In fact, as I searched, most of the data pointed to the contrary point, that women are more inclined to take supplements rather than try to get their nutrients from food, I have discussed this below.
While I could not find a direct answer to your question, I was able to gather some information about this topic, which I think will be helpful for your project. To begin with, I found studies that show that women report greater supplement use than men. This study also shows that women more likely to take dietary supplements than men. In addition, I found that supplement intake increases with age in both genders, but it is more apparent in women.
I also found a lot of data that suggests women are turning to supplements over food for specific health reasons. For example, there are many articles where professionals recommend that supplements are necessary for pregnant women. In general, they are recommended sources of nutrition from supplements rather than food. In addition, this article tells us that rather than follow diet and nutrition recommendations while pregnant, women are more likely to use supplements.
Also, 54% of working women report having supplements at work, ready for the cold season in order to support their immune system.
Finally, I found that, in general, both male and female US adults believe that some nutrient requirements can't be achieved through food alone, and in specific cases supplements are necessary. A study has found that 90% of US adults believe that supplements are required in order to get the right amount of calcium and vitamin D.
Finally, I found that the millennial age group in general are advocates of taking supplements. Millennials reportedly generally believe that taking supplements will solve their health issues. Over the past five years, it has been found that this age group has increased its supplement consumption by 1 extra pill per day. In addition, supplement use growing in the 18-34 age group. This shows that supplement use remains popular, and this supports the above- discussed ideas that women are using them in favor of food, rather than the other way around.
POSSIBLE CONTINUED RESEARCH
In understanding what types of information are and are not publicly available on this topic, I’ve suggested a few other routes you may be interested in researching. For example, there is much data that looks into the difference between genders in supplement taking (e.g. types of supplements and purposes). You may wish to take a deeper dive into this area.
To sum up, I have found that there is no data to support the view that US women feel that it's better for you to get your nutrients from food than from supplements. I believe that this is because the truth is on the contrary, and supplement use is still thriving in this demographic. Evidence suggests that women are more likely to take supplements rather than amend their diet to get nutrients when pregnant. They are also likely to have supplements at work ready to protect themselves in cold and flu season. In addition, 90% of both men and women believe that to get enough vitamin D and calcium, supplements are required.