Vitamin and mineral supplements have become very popular in Canadian society. On average,
40% of Canadians have used a nutrient supplement. This survey will be used to compare the
knowledge of first year Food and Nutrition students and fourth year Food and Nutrition students
pertaining to vitamin and mineral supplements. We, as third year Food and Nutrition students in
Advanced Food Science believe that it is crucial to know about the different vitamin and mineral
supplements, there affects on the body, and when it is appropriate to take them.
Please answer the following 17 questions below and circle only ONE answer per question.
1) Do you currently take a vitamin or mineral supplement(s)?
a) Yes (If so please specify which ones: ______________________________________)
2) Please circle the Foods and Nutrition module you are currently enrolled in.
a) Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSc)
b) Honors Specialization in Food Science and Technology (BSc)
c) Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Families (BA)
d) Honors Specialization in Food Management (BMOS)
e) Specialization in Nutrition and Families (BA)
f) Specialization in Foods and Nutrition (BSc)
g) Major in Food Management (BMOS)
h) Major in Nutrition and Families
i) Minor in Foods and Nutrition
j) other (Please specify: _________________________________________)
3) How comfortable would you be discussing vitamin and mineral supplementation with a
Scale from 1-5 (1 – no knowledge 5-expert)
1 2 3 4 5
4) Which of the following is a correct statement regarding vitamins and minerals.
a) The amount of water-soluble vitamins taken does not matter because the body will
eliminate the excess.
b) There is never too much of a good thing
c) People who smoke may need more of certain nutrients than what they can consume
from diet alone
d) A blood test is the only way to know if someone is deficient in specific vitamins and
minerals in their diet 5) Which of the following are Health Canada’s regulations surrounding the sale and use of
vitamin and mineral supplementation?
a) A prescription is required to purchase all natural health products in Canada.
b) All natural health products, including the vitamin and mineral supplements, are
controlled under t