Vitamin C in the Diet of Inuit Hunters From Holman, N.W.T.

Joseph R. Geraci, Thomas G. Smith

Abstract


During the spring and summer months the diet of three Inuit families living in a seal hunting camp south of Holman, N.W.T., was studied. A total of 13 food items including the most commonly eaten mammal, bird and plant species were analysed for Vitamin C in both the raw and cooked state. We document a daily intake of ascorbic acid of between 11 and 118 mg and estimate a mean dose of at least 30 mg. This is well above the levels documented in larger transitional culture villages by a recent Nutrition Canada report.

Keywords


Vitamin C; Food; Inuit; Holman, N.W.T.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14430/arctic2611